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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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DT 29104

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29104

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome.  This week I felt that we’re back to near average difficulty and enjoyment.  I particularly liked the smooth surfaces on several of the clues.

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DT 29103

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29103

Hints and tips by Tarzan of the Apes

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

What a weekend for music. Neil Young and Bob Dylan at Hyde Park on Friday. Billy Bragg and Van Morrison with others on Saturday at the Cadogan Hall. Continue reading “DT 29103”

ST 3012 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3012 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we had a good soaking Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning and a tornado watch on Thursday!

Dada less benevolent this week.  5 anagrams (one partial), two lurkers (one reversed and one not hinted), and no homophones.… Continue reading >

MPP – 086

Monthly Prize Puzzle (July 2019)

Similarly Constructed by Phibs

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Due to the problems on the blog last week, here is our Monthly Prize Puzzle a week late.  Why not have a go at it?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (27th July 2019).

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Toughie 2262

Toughie No 2262 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

One of the joys of the Friday slot is having an Elkamere to blog and finding out it is a pangram. I made more use of Chambers than usual, though turns out I had come across all of the grid entries before.… Continue reading >