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Toughie 1402

Toughie No 1402 by Micawber

A Trusty Steed

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

We have another highly entertaining puzzle from Micawber, the Midweek Maestro. I just hope that he can keep them coming.
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 27811

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27811

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Today’s grid is tailor-made for a Nina around the periphery but as far as I can see there isn’t one (unless you are better at spotting them than I am).… Read More

Toughie 1398

Toughie No 1398 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It was great to meet so many blog regulars in Southwark yesterday, with special mention going to our visitors from New Zealand.
There were a number of gimmes today (e.g.… Read More

DT 27805

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27805

Hints and tips by Gazza

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An early posting from me today as I’m off to get the train to London, where I hope to see many of you at the S&B gathering later on.… Read More

DT 27802

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27802

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

After the stunning performance of the Oxford United team yesterday we’re back to single-blogger mode today. I’m making a temporary return to my old Friday stamping-ground having done a swap with Deep Threat this week.… Read More

Toughie 1394

Toughie No 1394 by Firefly

No Pigtails?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is an enjoyable Toughie with a mini-theme relating to animals’ bits (no, not those bits).
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

Toughie 1390

Toughie No 1390 by Micawber

Midweek Magic

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

This is pretty gentle as Toughies go but extremely enjoyable. Micawber often turns up on Wednesdays, my Toughie blogging day – long may it continue is what I say.
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DT 27793

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27793

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This is pretty straightforward and would be a good introduction for anyone starting out on cryptic crosswords. The only clue which held me up a bit was 17d where I needed all the checking letters.… Read More

Toughie 1386

Toughie No 1386 by Osmosis

It’s all coming back to me

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

I’d have recognised this as an Osmosis production even if I hadn’t known the setter. It’s chock-full of his usual complicated wordplay including lots of reversals. I’m not complaining – I enjoy deciphering such clues but it’s quite tricky trying to write unambiguous hints without the use of nested brackets.… Read More

DT 27787

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27787

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This shouldn’t be too strenuous or stressful – do let us know what you made of it and how you got on. If you’re a long-term, or even short-term, lurker and haven’t yet plucked up the courage to introduce yourself, today would be an excellent day to take the bull by the horns and make a comment – on the whole we’re a pretty friendly lot and we won’t bite.… Read More