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Toughie 1295

Toughie No 1295 by Giovanni

More Sherry, Vicar?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This one from Giovanni was not too tricky apart from one unknown (to me) word at 18d, which was difficult to solve without a bit of trial and error. At one stage I thought we were getting a theme based on songs about young ladies but two isn’t really a theme – although I did end up humming the tunes all morning.

DT 27650

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27650

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Today’s offering is characterised by three things – the grid has four pretty distinct puzzles, there are quite a few anagrams (nine by my count) and there are lots of cryptic definitions (several of them rather weak, in my opinion). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1291

Toughie No 1291 by proXimal

Getting Off at Haymarket

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

Thanks to ProXimal for an enjoyable puzzle and one with no obscure words. It took me longer than it should have to unravel a few bits of wordplay.

DT 27644

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27644

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a rain-sodden North Devon. I thought that this puzzle was pretty enjoyable – do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1287

Toughie No 1287 by Micawber

… and Fanny’s Your Aunt

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is another very enjoyable puzzle by Micawber. I didn’t find it that difficult and my biggest problem was that the Puzzles website adamantly refused to accept my answer to 12a; that’s now been sorted out by a change to the clue – see below.

DT 27638

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27638

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is a fairly typical puzzle by one of the Tuesday Mysterons – pretty straightforward but with not a great deal of pizzazz. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1283

Toughie No 1283 by Elkamere

Elementary, my dear Watson

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I’m pretty sure that I completed this in record time for an Elkamere or Anax puzzle, which means either that I’m getting better at them (unlikely, given the rate of disappearance of my brain cells) or (more probably) that Elkamere is in a charitable frame of mind. That said, I did enjoy it a great deal, especially the brilliant 5d and 11a.

DT 27632

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27632

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly solid puzzle today – no great laughs but nothing to complain about (I’ve stopped complaining about the use of ‘on’ to mean ‘precedes’ in across clues such as 10a because it occurs so frequently). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1279

Toughie No 1279 by Firefly

Chips or chips?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this one a bit of a slog with not a lot to lighten the mood and some of the clues are not very smooth. Also, I’m not at all sure that I’ve fully understood 24a so any better interpretation for that would be welcome.

DT 27626

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27626

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very windswept North Devon. I thought that this enjoyable puzzle was pretty straightforward but the Telegraph Puzzles site has been showing four stars for difficulty all morning so I’ve compromised and given it 3*. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.