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Toughie 1354

Toughie No 1354 by Osmosis

Would You Wish Your Servants to Read This?

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

Thanks to Osmosis for what I thought was a proper midweek Toughie with some clever wordplay – I enjoyed battling with it. I did know all the references (except the drug in 22a) but I imagine that some of them (e.g.… Read More

DT 27739

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27739

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

The top half of this one went in very quickly but then I slowed up considerably at the bottom, primarily because both 19a and 17d were new terms for me and had to be prised out. There did seem to be a lot of proper nouns here with quite a bit of General Knowledge required.… Read More

Toughie 1350

Toughie No 1350 by Kcit

Beyond the Pale

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We have another fairly straightforward Toughie today – we must surely be due for something a bit meatier for the rest of the week.

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 27733

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27733

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Well, last Tuesday’s plea for the setter to reveal his or her identity fell on deaf ears. Today’s puzzle has a different feel so perhaps we’ll be lucky this week. I enjoyed it and it put up a bit more of a struggle than we normally get on Tuesdays (though that may have been down to my interrupted sleep due to the gales outside).… Read More

Toughie 1346

Toughie No 1346 by Micawber

Shake It All About

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

The name of today’s setter hadn’t appeared on the Telegraph website last night so it was a very pleasant surprise this morning to find the name Micawber, who, as I may have mentioned once or twice, is my favourite Toughie setter. I pretty much solved this one from the bottom up, with chuckles all the way and a great guffaw at 15d.… Read More

DT 27727

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27727

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Tuesdays seem to be the poor relations in the Telegraph crossword week. Rufus has a host of followers on Mondays, discriminating solvers swear by Jay on Wednesdays, Ray T arouses strong feelings (mostly favourable) on Thursdays and Giovanni has his dedicated band of aficionados on Fridays.… Read More

Toughie 1342

Toughie No 1342 by Firefly

Cave Canem

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I found this a mixture of some very easy clues (most of the twelve 4-letter ones) and others where I had to do some research to understand the answer fully. There’s a theme based on 15d (which I solved by the back-door having got 3d first).… Read More

DT 27721

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27721

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This puzzle wasn’t quite as easy as last Tuesday’s but it shouldn’t really detain anyone too long from moving on to the Toughie/getting to grips with the chores of the day (delete as appropriate). Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.… Read More

Toughie 1338

Toughie No 1338 by Osmosis

A Couple of Old Geezers

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

I wasn’t making much progress reading through the clues until I reached 15/18a which more or less wrote itself in and provided some very useful checking letters. Even so some head-scratching was required to fill in the rest of the grid. I found it very enjoyable with some good laughs.… Read More

DT 27715

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27715

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This shouldn’t really cause many problems – I can’t remember ever having blogged a puzzle which fell quite as much into the ‘read and write’ category. On the plus side all the wordplay is clear and fair and the puzzle should appeal to anyone starting out in cryptic solving.… Read More