Author Archives: Gazza

Toughie 1593

Toughie No 1593 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

This is a fairly typical Osmosis puzzle with lots of abbreviations, insertions and reversals. I solved it at a trot rather than a gallop but I quite enjoyed the ride.… Read More

Toughie 1589

Toughie No 1589 by Petitjean

A cakewalk

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I am a great fan of Petitjean’s quirky puzzles but I thought that this one was probably more suited to the back page than the Toughie slot. There are some enjoyable clues but too many seemed very straightforward (especially if, as in the case of 15a, you’ve blogged pretty much the same clue in yesterday’s back-pager).… Read More

DT 28092

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28092

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is my last back-page blog for the time being – from next week a new mystery blogger will be taking on the responsibility for the hints and tips on Tuesdays.… Read More

Toughie 1585

Toughie No 1585 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Even though this puzzle is numbered 11,585 on the online site we haven’t suddenly shot forward almost 50 years. I thought that it was perfectly reasonable but fairly straightforward and without a great deal of oomph.… Read More

DT 28086

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28086

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is a pangram and it’s somewhat easier than the puzzle we had last Tuesday which seemed to cause some solvers a lot of problems. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked this one.… Read More

Toughie 1581

Toughie No 1581 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I didn’t enjoy this a great deal. There aren’t many laughs and we seemed to need an awful lot of abbreviations and fiddling about with individual letters so that writing the hints became a bit of a chore.… Read More

DT 28080

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28080

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This seemed to be a little bit trickier than what we’re used to on Tuesdays and quite enjoyable I thought, although there were a few clues (especially 11a and 21a) which I didn’t like much.… Read More

Toughie 1577

Toughie No 1577 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Osmosis for an enjoyable Toughie. I proceeded steadily, though not that speedily, through the clues with the NE corner putting up the most resistance.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

DT 28074

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28074

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s nothing too scary for the gee-gees today. Most of my time this morning was spent in trying to find the origin of the 1a term. Do let us know how you got on and how well you liked it.… Read More

Toughie 1573

Toughie No 1573 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Petitjean is one of my favourite setters and I really enjoyed this puzzle. Usually I’d whinge about the number of anagrams (10) but the whole thing is so enjoyable that I’ll keep quiet about that today.… Read More