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DT 30668

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30668

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Crosswords have had to take a back seat for us lately as we have had lots of family things happening. Our daughter is currently with us for a couple of days but expect we will get back to our regular routine soon.… Continue reading

ST 3272 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3272

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 7th July 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A lovely, entertaining puzzle from Dada this Sunday that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a full review of his puzzle for your kind perusal and significant comments.
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Toughie 3305

Toughie No 3305 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by ALP

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

It’s always grand to see Chalicea back on a Tuesday and she’s been quite sparing with her magic dictionary today, with just a splodge of Spanish, a dash of second-string definitions and, of course, a fourth stomach.

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DT 30667

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30667
Hints and tips by Huntsman

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

The sun is now shining in Harpenden after a gloomy start to the day. Fingers crossed it will continue to do so as I’m off golfing & hoping my course escaped the deluge of overnight rain that we had here.… Continue reading

DT 30666

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30666

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Ottawa, where I am enjoying some hot, sunny weather at the lake. Yes, it’s me again as pommers and I have juggled our assignments to allow us each to meet some other commitments.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 129 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 129


by Zandio

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

 

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Zandio taking it eas(ier) today, I managed to get hold of the puzzle about 11:30 last night and filled the grid before midnight, parsing the trickier ones took a similar amount of time and I was in the land of Nod before the news of the assassination attempt reached me.
Quite a few clues have remained unhinted but the usual plea “when in doubt look for a lurker…” should include reversals, that and anagrams should give enough checkers to get to completion. I will give a bonus nudge if required to the first to ask.
I have quite a lot of italics today (four Shakespearean characters – one from Roald Dahl and the Thunderer) but I can’t see any connection – maybe just a sub-editor being stylish

A nice even 14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half

Here we go…

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EV 1651 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1651 (Hints)

Upwardly Mobile by Luxor

Hints and tips by Phibs

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Following ChatGPT’s signal success in identifying Hercule Poirot as a suspect for 1649, this week my question was, “A themed crossword puzzle entitled ‘Upwardly Mobile’ asks us to identify the name of some ‘extraordinary phenomena’. What might these be?”

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