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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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NTSPP – 485

NTSPP – 485

Up in the Air by Chalicea

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DT 29060 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29060 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings for sunny Warrington and a quick break for yours truly in revising for his OU end of course essay to bring you today’s Blog.

Unless I’m suffering from an overdose of Denglisch, I found this to be one of those puzzles where at first glance everything looks to be baffling, but suddeny a couple of answers drop in and the rest is plain sailing.  

 

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Toughie 2234

Toughie No 2234 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment ***

Dutch is on holiday this Friday and next, although he did manage to make it to S&B XV last Tuesday.

This delightful puzzle was, for me, spoilt by 28 Across.… Read More

DT 29059

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29059

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment ***

Bonjour from Chateau de l’Epervière at Gigny-sur-Saône, where the sun has finally decided to join us after a chilly start to our stay.

We have a pangram from Giovanni this morning, not that it helped me when I ran into a roadblock in the SE corner which made this probably the longest time I’ve taken to solve a Friday puzzle.… Read More

DT 29054

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29054

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 18th May 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

I seemed to find this slightly trickier than many commenters but there were some great surface readings and the whole was definitely worth an enjoyment rating of 4*

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Toughie 2233

Toughie No 2233 by Firefly

Viva Forever by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

A thematic puzzle containing 9 examples of a 13 across, 5 of one kind and 5 of another. I assume that the puzzle was scheduled to mark tomorrow’s opening night of the comeback tour of a certain pop combo (minus 21 across).… Read More

ST 3003

Sunday Telegraph 3003

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 12th May 2019

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The right difficulty for a Sunday crossword with a nice mix of clues and so an enjoyable time was had both solving and blogging

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DT 29058

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29058

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where spring is struggling to emerge. It has been one of the coldest and wettest springs on record and many low-lying riverfront properties are submerged (so 16d is rather timely).… Read More