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DT 27596

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27596

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

It’s another glorious day in North Devon and once more on Tuesday we have a perfectly adequate puzzle but not much in the way of smiles or penny-drop moments. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1255

Toughie No 1255 by Petitjean

What we need is some R&R with a G&T

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

Petitjean tends to polarise opinions but when he’s in his quirky mood he’s one of my favourite setters. Today’s puzzle includes a number of expanded abbreviations in the same format. I did enjoy it and I would probably have finished it more speedily if I hadn’t had a mental block in the NW corner.

DT 27590

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27590

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We don’t normally get anything too scintillating or thought-provoking on Tuesdays and this week is no exception. Do leave a comment with your assessment of the puzzle.

Toughie 1251

Toughie No 1251 by Osmosis

Ah! Bisto

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

My progress with this puzzle was stately rather than speedy with the NE corner the last to fall. Osmosis is noted for his complicated wordplay (no complaints from me on that score – I enjoy disentangling it) which means that lots of clues require an amount of thought before one can move on to the next one. Thanks to him for the entertainment.

DT 27584

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27584

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I found this pretty mechanical without a great deal of sparkle but I was held up for a time after having got the last two letters of 18a wrong which gave me problems with 13d. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.

Toughie 1247

Toughie No 1247 by Notabilis

Mean, Moody and Magnificent

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

We have a rare visit to Wednesday territory by one of my favourite setters, Notabilis. This is not that difficult but packed with clever and entertaining clues. When I first printed the grid I was on the lookout for a Nina but if there is one it’s eluded me.

DT 27578

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27578

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Most of this one went in fairly quickly but I was held up by 9d and 15a (which I’d never heard of) so I’ve upped the difficulty level to three stars. Do you think that’s about right or am I way off track? Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.

Toughie 1243

Toughie No 1243 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Micawber is once more in cracking form – great stuff from the maestro.

DT 27572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27572

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is fairly standard fare for a Tuesday – nothing too difficult and nothing too exciting. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.

Toughie 1241

Toughie No 1241 by Sparks

Neat Footwork

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

Thanks to Sparks for an enjoyable puzzle producing a number of d’oh moments.