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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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Toughie 1817

Toughie No 1817 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I lived in Greater Manchester for many years and know very well the area where the dreadful outrage happened so I was devastated by the events of Monday evening.… Read More

DT 28435

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28435

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

 

Kia ora from Aotearoa.
          We might be on the other side of the world but we still feel deeply moved and saddened by the horrendous events in Manchester.… Read More

Toughie 1816

Toughie No 1816 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello and welcome to today’s Toughie blog, which I’m declaring a Real Life Free Zone.*

I was slow to get going but once I did I made smooth progress until the very end where the last few stragglers had me pondering Read More »

DT 28434

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28434

Hints and tips by Mr Kitty

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BD Rating  - Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ****

 

Hello, everyone.  I solved today’s crossword right after it came out (midnight in the UK, 5 pm here), and then checked the news and saw what was happening in Manchester.  I feel for everyone affected by that terrible event.  Not surprisingly, today’s hints were written in a sombre mood.  No cat videos this week.… Read More

DT 28433

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28433

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BDs very own rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the sunny heart of Downtown LI. Here we have a puzzle that is the epitome of a Rufus offering. There are only three and a half anagrams but we have the trademark double definitions and cryptic definitions to baffle us.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 163

A Puzzle by Metman

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MPP – 060 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 060

May 2017

A puzzle by Prolixic

Congratulations to Avril Lang, who successfully solved this double pangram and worked out which of the many and varied opportunities to create sentences from the solutions was the correct five words required for the answer – AMAZINGLY  FEW DISCOTHEQUES PROVIDE JUKEBOXES – sentences using a combination of these words were entered into the draw.  … Read More

ST 2900 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2900 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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Good Sunday morning from Winnipeg.  This weekend, (most of) Canada is celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday with a holiday tomorrow.  These days the historical significance of the holiday is probably overtaken by using it as an excuse to eat more burgers, hot dogs, etc., and drink more beer – as if Canadians actually need an excuse to undertake those activities.… Read More

NTSPP – 380

NTSPP – 380

A Puzzle by Silvanus

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DT 28432 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28432 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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Many thanks to Tilsit for holding the fort while I was in Nottingham last week.  My pictures can be seen here, with more from Lynette (Joyce of Bert and Joyce) to be added later [update: now added].

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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