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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 or the Enigmatic Variations advanced cryptic, a total of 12 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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DT 29583

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29583

Hints and tips by Rahmat Ali

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Kolkata.  We have, of late, passed a moment which we could have celebrated in some way but it came and went in the twinkling of an eye.  However, the moment had a long list or name, whatever you may call – 21st century, 21st year, 21st day, 21st hour, 21st minute, 21st second.  But that is past and I am now concerned with the present and feel it a great moment to have just finished writing the Hints and Tips for the second time which I hope you will enjoy. Continue reading “DT 29583”

ST 3091

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3091

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 17th January 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Dada in top form with a  nice mix of clue types – for a change he only has three clues requiring something to be inserted into another word.… Continue reading

Toughie 2581

Toughie No 2581 by Gila

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I tend to groan at most anagrams, but there were several very clever ones in today’s puzzle. Not a Floughie, but imminently solvable. Continue reading “Toughie 2581”

DT 29582

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29582

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday. I thought that today's offering was a well-crafted and enjoyable puzzle with nothing too tricksy. In other words, it's your typical Tuesday back-pager.  Continue reading "DT 29582"

DT 29581

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29581

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja where we’re having some unseasonably warm weather, which is a welcome change from the cold snap we had a couple of weeks ago. 22°C forecast for today and as high as 27°C by Friday, I might have to get my shorts out!

Today we have the usual Monday fare.  Elegantly clued and not too difficult.  A nice start to the crosswording week.
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EV 1471 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1471

What’s Earned by Jaques

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Jaques has been setting thematic cryptic crosswords for almost twenty years in the Listener, EV and Magpie series. He has one in the current edition of the Magpie crossword magazine. (It is still live, so no comment but there is still time for you to subscribe if you haven’t done so yet. Six crosswords each month with a range of difficulty – the easiest usually easier than an EV, and the most difficult D and E crosswords something like the one we are hinting on today.) https://www.piemag.com Continue reading “EV 1471 (Hints)”

ST 3092 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3092 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where yesterday we ‘relaxed’ from the Lockdown of 10 weeks of Covid Red to somewhere between Covid Red and Covid Yellow.  I am not sure if it is Covid Red Minus or Covid Yellow Plus; there is also a ‘hint’ that we are ‘on probation’ for at least three weeks and any backsliding will result in returning to Covid Red. … Continue reading

DT 29580 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29580 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from a very snowy Warrington.


I think we have quite a challenging puzzle today. Not helped by entering completely the wrong answer to the first across answer, which held me up for quite a time.… Continue reading