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DT 27608

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27608

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

No real problems but quite entertaining – that’s my verdict. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

DT 27606 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27606 (Hints) Hints and Tips by Gazza + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Big Dave is having a well-earned Saturday morning off so you’re stuck with me today. As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some […]

Toughie 1263

Toughie No 1263 by Notabilis

Engage Reverse Gear

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

As Crypticsue said yesterday Wednesday seems to be becoming the new Friday as far as Toughies are concerned. There’s some top stuff here from Notabilis with his usual number of reversals. There’s also a clue (3d) which has provoked some discussion among the bloggers but which, for me, contains an indirect anagram – I await your comments with interest.

DT 27602

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27602

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We get four mini-puzzles for the price of one today. My order was NW, SW, NE and SE – how about you? Do let us know how you got on.

Toughie 1259

Toughie No 1259 by Sparks

Please, Ladies – No Hertrionics!

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

Thanks to Sparks for a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle. I’ve bumped the difficulty rating up from three to four stars purely on account of the time I spent trying to come up with a better explanation for 16a.

DT 27596

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27596

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

It’s another glorious day in North Devon and once more on Tuesday we have a perfectly adequate puzzle but not much in the way of smiles or penny-drop moments. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1255

Toughie No 1255 by Petitjean

What we need is some R&R with a G&T

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

Petitjean tends to polarise opinions but when he’s in his quirky mood he’s one of my favourite setters. Today’s puzzle includes a number of expanded abbreviations in the same format. I did enjoy it and I would probably have finished it more speedily if I hadn’t had a mental block in the NW corner.

DT 27590

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27590

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We don’t normally get anything too scintillating or thought-provoking on Tuesdays and this week is no exception. Do leave a comment with your assessment of the puzzle.

Toughie 1251

Toughie No 1251 by Osmosis

Ah! Bisto

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

My progress with this puzzle was stately rather than speedy with the NE corner the last to fall. Osmosis is noted for his complicated wordplay (no complaints from me on that score – I enjoy disentangling it) which means that lots of clues require an amount of thought before one can move on to the next one. Thanks to him for the entertainment.

DT 27584

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27584

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I found this pretty mechanical without a great deal of sparkle but I was held up for a time after having got the last two letters of 18a wrong which gave me problems with 13d. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.