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DT 29672

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29672

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Tuesday.  Solid and straightforward puzzle today, as we've come to expect on this day of the week. Does anybody out there feel like over 12 months of COVID restrictions have distorted your sense of time? Sometimes I find myself pondering events that feel recent, only to realize that they happened well over a year ago. Weird.  Continue reading "DT 29672"

DT 29671

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29671

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa, where the lockdown is scheduled to end in a week and a half but every indication is that it will be further extended. Recently we have had a lot of cloudy weather and rain.… Continue reading

EV 1486 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1486 (Hints)

Satisfaction by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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New solvers have already met proXimal, the EV editor, in EV 1468 some months ago, and he sets some of the Toughies. You can be sure of a challenge but fair and carefully constructed clues too. Continue reading “EV 1486 (Hints)”

ST 3107 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3107 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, as some thought, Lockdown 3.0 was not a strict enough response to Covid 3.0 (a.k.a. Third Wave), so we now have Lockdown 3.1, which is probably what its predecessor should have been in the first place. … Continue reading

DT 29669

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29669

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny May morning.

I found that a certain amount of lateral thinking was needed to get on our setter’s wavelength this morning.… Continue reading