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Toughie 2179

Toughie No 2179 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all, and welcome to Toughie corner on a Tuesday which is sunny and bright at time and place of writing.  Whatever the weather where you are, we have a bright and breezy puzzle from Chalicea to warm us up.

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DT 28978

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28978

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  Today we have another quality puzzle that continues the recent run of enjoyable and satisfying crosswords where the difficulty falls right on the Tuesday sweet spot.

Last week Stephen Lord noticed that Kent had made numerous appearances in recent clues, and Senf pointed out that in the space of a week we'd met two US State capitals.  If you'd like to know crosswordland's most popular UK locations and/or which US capitals have yet to appear as answers, click the spoiler box below.

Click to see the most popular locations in crosswordland

I made a list of UK cities and counties (2,863 in all) and for each place searched through 184,000 back-page clues for appearances as locations.  This table shows the most used cities and counties, along with their number of appearances:

London 185
Kent 48
Yorkshire 33
Devon 22
Oxford 20
Cornwall 19
Surrey 18
Somerset 15
Sussex 14
Lincoln 14
Norfolk 13
Midlands 13
Essex 13
Cambridge 13

 

Turning to Senf's question, 29 of the 50 US state capitals have been used as answers in back-page puzzles.  The following 21 capitals have yet to make an appearance:  Austin (TX), Boise (ID), Carson City (NV), Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Des Moines (IA), Dover (DE), Frankfort (KY), Harrisburg (PA), Hartford (CT), Jackson (MS), Jefferson City (MO), Lansing (MI), Madison (WI), Montgomery (AL), Montpelier (VT), Oklahoma City (OK), Pierre (SD), Raleigh (NC), Richmond (VA), and Saint Paul (MN).  There are some good potential answers in that list, so I expect to see it getting shorter.

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DT 28977

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28977

Hints and tips by the Human Kaleidoscope

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We have a nice puzzle here to ease us into the solving week. The checkers put in after the first read of the across clues provided great help with the solutions to the down clues.… Read More

Rookie Corner – 254

A Puzzle by Bardwig

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MPP 081 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 081  -Review

February 2019

Following On – a puzzle by Phibs

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Eight solutions can be linked together by joining a word at the end of one with a word at the start of another, eg SUNBAKED/BEANPOLE/CATCALL.Read More

ST 2991 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2991 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, this week, we had around 36 hours of seasonal temperatures, before the mercury took a nose-dive again, to the point that the high temperature on Monday occurred at 11:00pm.… Read More

NTSPP – 471

NTSPP – 471

A Puzzle by Gazza

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DT 28976 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28976 (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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