Author Archives: gazza

Toughie 1382

Toughie No 1382 by proXimal

“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was spot on for the level of difficulty for a Wednesday Toughie and I enjoyed solving it. There may, possibly, be a Nina in the grid – see hint for 6d.… Read More

DT 27781

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27781

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I thought that this was a bit meatier than we usually get on Tuesdays and I enjoyed it (or possibly I’m just in a good mood because of the lovely weather we’re enjoying).… Read More

Toughie 1378

Toughie No 1378 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’m giving this three stars for difficulty with an optional additional one if I count the extra time I spent trying to parse 19d (and I’m still not sure that I fully understand it).… Read More

DT 27775

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27775

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I thought that this was a fairly typical Tuesday puzzle with nothing too tricky or too exciting. Do let us have your verdict.

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 1374

Toughie No 1374 by Giovanni

More Tea, Vicar?

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

It may have been that I was distracted by the unaccustomed sunshine outside but I found this one quite tricky for a Wednesday though I did thoroughly enjoy the struggle.… Read More

DT 27769

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27769

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This is a pretty straightforward puzzle from the Tuesday Mr Ron who is keen on American names and references. Do let us know your thoughts.

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

Rookie Corner 052

A Puzzle by Snape

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Toughie 1370

Toughie No 1370 by Shamus

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found most of this fairly straightforward and I would have given it ** for difficulty but then I was held up by my final clue 9d, a phrase I didn’t know, so it merited an extra *.… Read More

DT 27763

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27763

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I probably took longer than I should have to solve this puzzle because when I’d finished I couldn’t see why I’d been held up. I put it all down to a night of little sleep including getting up to check that the loud noises from outside were just dustbins and other bits and pieces being blown around rather than my roof being torn off.… Read More

Toughie 1366

Toughie No 1366 by Beam

Separating the Sheep from the Goats

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

As crypticsue emailed me this morning “No-one can say Ray T hasn’t given us ‘innuendo’ in his puzzle today”. This was very enjoyable but I found it (especially the left-hand side) quite tricky.… Read More