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Toughie 1311

Toughie No 1311 by Petitjean

Even Homer Nods

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

I’m usually a big fan of Petitjean’s puzzles but I found this one a bit flat. There is a trademark music-related clue but not much of his usual quirkiness. Am I just being a Mr Grumps? – Do let me know.… Read More

DT 27674

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27674

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It’s always good practice for a setter to get his or her best clue in early because it gives the solver a warm feeling for the rest of the puzzle. Today’s setter certainly achieves that with 1a. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More

Toughie 1307

Toughie No 1307 by Beam

Beam me up, Scotty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

So surprised was Bufo at finding an anagram in a Beam Toughie last month that he asked “What’s the world coming to?” Well, we’ve got a single anagram again so perhaps this is the new norm. I thought that this was a pleasant puzzle but on the easy side for a Wednesday Toughie.… Read More

DT 27668

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27668

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As is usual for Tuesdays there is nothing too scary in today’s puzzle. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More

Toughie 1303

Toughie No 1303 by Giovanni

100 not out

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

If you get your puzzles from the paper you’ll have noticed that this puzzle marks Giovanni’s century as a Toughie setter – so congratulations to him.
The reason that I’ve given this four stars for difficulty rather than three is due to a) the length of time it took me to see the definition for 1a, although the answer was obvious and b) the NE corner where I didn’t help myself by writing in the wrong answer for 16a.… Read More

DT 27662

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27662

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Today’s Mr Ron (I have an idea who he is) has given us a more substantial puzzle than we had last Tuesday. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More

Toughie 1299

Toughie No 1299 by Osmosis

A Bit of a Tease?

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

Having got all the letters on the top row I was convinced that we were going to get a message round the periphery but nothing more emerged (unless I’m missing something). I made heavier weather of this than I normally do with Osmosis and there are a couple of clues which I’m not sure that I’ve correctly interpreted – so I’m looking forward to your better explanations.… Read More

DT 27656

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27656

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I can’t believe that there’ll be much need for the blog today – I found this the easiest back-pager for some time with several old chestnuts. The grid does look as if it should have a Nina running round the outside and I thought we might have one when I saw the word climbing the right-hand column but that was as far as it went.… Read More

Toughie 1295

Toughie No 1295 by Giovanni

More Sherry, Vicar?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This one from Giovanni was not too tricky apart from one unknown (to me) word at 18d, which was difficult to solve without a bit of trial and error. At one stage I thought we were getting a theme based on songs about young ladies but two isn’t really a theme – although I did end up humming the tunes all morning.… Read More

DT 27650

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27650

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Today’s offering is characterised by three things – the grid has four pretty distinct puzzles, there are quite a few anagrams (nine by my count) and there are lots of cryptic definitions (several of them rather weak, in my opinion). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.… Read More