Author Archives: crypticsue

ST 2856

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2856

A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ****

I was away from home visiting my lovely grandson (and his mum and dad) when this puzzle was published and, apart from being far too busy having fun, had no access to a printer, so solved this excellent Sunday offering back at work during my Tuesday lunch hour, having managed not to read either the hints or any of the comments in the interim.… Read More

DT 28156

Daily Telegraph No 28156

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 2nd July 2016

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

 

Just me or are Saturday puzzles increasing (if only very slightly) the difficulty level and thus the enjoyment factor too??

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

NTSPP – 334

NTSPP – 334

Life’s a Gas by Hoskins

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DT 28150

Daily Telegraph No 28150

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 25th June 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

 

A nice Saturday puzzle which didn’t cause me many problems, and my view was shared by many of the commenters on the day.… Read More

ST 2853

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2853

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 19th June 2016

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

 

I found this slightly trickier than some recent Sunday puzzles but as enjoyable as ever.

Please a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

ST 2852

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2852

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 12th June 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

Another Sunday and another chance for me to scratch my head and try to think (in this case without much success) of something original to say about the wonderful cryptic treats we get each week  from the ever inventive Virgilius, without incurring the wrath of the “favourites” police.  … Read More

MPP 049 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 049

June 2016

A Puzzle by Prolixic

 

Many congratulations to Maize, the winner of the June Prize Puzzle competition, who wins one of the Hamlyn Telegraph Puzzle books as his prize.

If MPP’s had subtitles this one would definitely be called “What a coincidence” – regular readers of the blog will be aware that every time a setter calls a particular chess piece a castle, there will be a number of comments from the pedantic about how it isn’t a castle, it’s a rook.  … Read More

NTSPP – 331

NTSPP – 331

Stripey Horse (5) by Chalicea

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This puzzle is dedicated to Hilary and deliberately incorporates as many crosswordese 3 downs as could be fitted into the grid and clues.

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DT28132

Daily Telegraph No 28132

A full review by Crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 4 June 2016

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

 Another Saturday Prize Puzzle that didn’t take long to solve, although there were a couple of clues where I thought ‘I wonder what Brian will think of that’ and some interesting insertion indicators.… Read More

ST 2850

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2850

A full review by crypticsue

This puzzle was published on 29 May 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A Virgilius puzzle is always worth looking at twice, and in my case this time enjoy all the more as I hadn’t expected to be reviewing it, and so had forgotten how splendid it was until I enjoyed it all over again while typing this out.… Read More