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DT 27470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27470

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This is enjoyable but not too much of a stretch. I’m not keen on 17d and one of the homophones seems very dodgy to me. Do let us know what you thought of the puzzle and how you fared.

Toughie 1171

Toughie No 1171 by Micawber

The Master Builder

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Micawber for compiling yet another masterly Toughie – not too demanding for the solver but full of humour and enjoyment.

DT 27464

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27464

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’d be surprised if any of our experienced solvers had any great difficulties today; I thought that this would be a good puzzle for someone learning about cryptic crosswords. Do tell us how you got on.

Toughie 1167

Toughie No 1167 by Sparks

I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

The most difficulty I had in this enjoyable puzzle was in working out some of the wordplay (especially 26a).

DT 27458

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27458

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

There were a few trickier clues here than we normally get on a Tuesday, I thought. Do let us know whether you agree or whether it was a piece of cake for you.

Toughie 1163

Toughie No 1163 by Dada

Blobby Returns

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The only problem I had today was caused by my writing the answer to 6d in the 8d position (I must get some new specs). We’ve probably done enough moaning about Dada appearing to be Paul-lite so I’ll just say that there are some very entertaining clues here, and I did enjoy it, but it’s not really a Toughie and could probably have graced the back page.

DT 27452

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27452

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

With a mini-theme based on today’s date this is a bit different from the usual Tuesday offerings. It was definitely above average in difficulty for me (especially the LH side) but I enjoyed the inventiveness of the clueing. So thanks to the Mysteron (I have an idea who it may be, but I’ll wait to see what you think).

Toughie 1159

Toughie No 1159 by Messinae

Shurely Shome Mishtake

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

This was a very pleasant if not over-taxing Toughie, although the diminutive female in 1a was completely new to me.

DT 27446

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27446

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This seemed all very straightforward to me. What did you think?

Toughie 1155

Toughie No 1155 by Micawber

A Good Serving of Peas

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

This is turning out to be an excellent Toughie week (so far) with the excellent Petitjean yesterday and today a Micawber on top form.