Author Archives: gazza

Toughie 1458

Toughie No 1458 by Notabilis

Other Fish to Fry

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

A warm welcome to Notabilis for his surprise visit to the midweek slot. Perhaps this one is not as tough as some of his Friday puzzles but it is very enjoyable indeed with lots of penny drop moments.… Read More

DT 27895

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27895

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

It’s a bit depressing to have reached the official start of Autumn without having had much of a Summer. As for today’s crossword I can’t imagine that much help is going to be required from the blog.… Read More

Toughie 1454

Toughie No 1454 by Beam

No Brahms?

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

I don’t expect too many protests today that this one isn’t tough enough. There’s a lot of fairly complicated wordplay – no complaints from me on that score but I did calculate that two-thirds of the clues (20 out of 30) involve ‘container’ type constructs which does seem a bit excessive but it may be a by-product of having no anagrams at all.… Read More

DT 27889

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27889

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I found this one somewhat lacklustre. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.

If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.… Read More

Toughie 1450

Toughie No 1450 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Micawber is on top form today with laughs and d’ohs aplenty.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

DT 27883

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27883

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This seemed pretty straightforward without having a great deal of sparkle. Do let us know how you got on and give us your rating.

If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.… Read More

Toughie 1446

Toughie No 1446 by Kcit

If in doubt say nowt

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I can’t say that I enjoyed the process of blogging this one very much. There weren’t many laughs and there seemed to be an awful lot of ‘fiddly’ bits involving reversals, insertions, deletions and truncations.… Read More

DT 27877

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27877

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I would have finished this more speedily if I hadn’t initially put the wrong ending on 1a (I assumed that ‘figure’ was the Roman numeral for fifty) which had me scratching my head about 5d until the penny dropped.… Read More

Toughie 1442

Toughie No 1442 by proXimal

It’s not Friday, is it?

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

I reckon that this is the toughest puzzle that we’ve had from proXimal so far and I really had to work to tease out the answers, so all of you who found this a breeze give yourself a pat on the back.… Read More

DT 27871

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27871

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Today’s Mr Ron is the one who usually incorporates a few ‘North Americanisms’ in his puzzles. This one isn’t too tricky and, for me, it doesn’t have a lot of sparkle.… Read More