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Update 15th November 2018

The revamped site finally became available this afternoon.

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Toughie 2128

Toughie No 2128 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everyone.  We have another puzzle from a setter who can write these things almost faster than I can solve them.  It took me a little while to get into this but then things flowed.  As always, plenty to enjoy.

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DT 28901

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28901

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday back-page blog.  I'm expecting that today we won't have too many solvers reporting that they found the puzzle unreasonably hard or unreasonably easy.  I thought this crossword is just what a Tuesday calls for – accurate definitions, solid and fair wordplay, smooth surfaces, and quite a few smiles along the way.

BD and I modified the site overnight in hopes of fixing the caching problem that required pages to be manually reloaded to see the latest updates.  After clearing the cache on your browser, you will hopefully find that clicking on a link or entering a site URL in the browser address box delivers the latest version of the page.  It's possible that these changes have also fixed the issue with spoilers.  So, if (1) you have been seeing spoiler buttons appear as grey vertical lines, and (2) after clearing your browser cache you see the latest version of pages without a manual refresh, please report how the spoiler buttons in this blog appear now.  If they are not appearing as clickable buttons, details of the computer/tablet/phone and browser you're using would be helpful.

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DT 28900

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28900

Hints and tips by the sensational Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a puzzle from Chris Lancaster today which may be his last offering to appear on a Monday. I found it trickier than most Monday offerings but got finished in the end.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 241

Out of Sync by Atrica

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MPP 078 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 078 – Review

November 2018

A puzzle by Prolixic

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This month’s lucky winner is Silvanus (who is certainly having a good week!) who correctly named eight of the English flowers hidden in the grid and now gets to select a Daily Telegraph Crossword Book as his prize

There are eleven – Avon, Dart, Dee, Exe, Mersey, Nene, Thames and Ure, Ock, Burn and Tees, some of which are more obscure than others.  … Read More

ST 2978 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2978 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, so far so good, the new puzzle website is performing well.

A very warm welcome to the fourth occupant of the Sunday ‘chair’ – Mr John Halpern, a.k.a.… Read More

NTSPP – 458

NTSPP – 458

Ten of a Kind by Windsurfer

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DT 28899 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28899 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

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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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Toughie 2127

Toughie No 2127 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another lovely and precise puzzle from Osmosis, solved with pleasure on the new blue telegraph puzzle website. It’s a pangram, of course. I struggled a bit with the writers, having to remember my rhyming slang and needing to google the foodie.… Read More

DT 28898

 

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28898

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on another dark, damp November morning.

My first solve using the new Telegraph Puzzles site, and it worked reasonably well for me – though I see that they still haven’t followed the practice in the paper version of italicising the components of the Quickie pun.… Read More