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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

DT 27757

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27757

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

We crossword solvers are a demanding lot – we want a puzzle that puts up a bit of a fight, ideally gives us a couple of laughs but finally submits so that we get a sense of achievement.… Read More

Toughie 1362

Toughie No 1362 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was helped considerably by getting the four long answers round the periphery pretty quickly and this one didn’t pose too many problems until I got to my final couple of clues in the SE corner, where some head-scratching was required.… Read More

DT 27751

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27751

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

On the plus side most of the clues here are concise with smooth surface readings, but it doesn’t really put up much of a challenge. I know that the puzzles are meant to get harder as the week progresses so we can’t complain too much about the Tuesday one being pretty easy, but even so I finished this with a vague sense of being short-changed.… Read More

Toughie 1358

Toughie No 1358 by Micawber

Simples, my dear Watson

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

The only problem I had with this excellent puzzle from Micawber was that the enjoyment was all over too quickly. Luckily for me I was able to enjoy it a second time during the blogging process.… Read More

DT 27745

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27745

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This one was quite enjoyable without raising too much of a sweat. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.

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 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.… 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.… 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.… Read More