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Toughie 1438

Toughie No 1438 by Messinae

Only one beef today

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

Thanks to Messinae for a very pleasant puzzle with some good surface readings and several d’oh moments.

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DT 27865

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27865

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’ve got a pretty good idea as to the identity of today’s compiler (though I’m not going to spell it out in case I’m wrong). I thought this was quite tricky in places but I did enjoy it a lot.… Read More

Toughie 1434

Toughie No 1434 by Micawber

Please may I have some more, sir?

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

Micawber is in a benign mood today and I wrote in my last answer with a feeling of disappointment that there were no more clues to solve.… Read More

DT 27859

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27859

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This is the type of puzzle that turns up regularly on a Tuesday. It’s straightforward, the clues are all fair and most of the surfaces are meaningful but it all seems a bit mechanical and I end up feeling that there’s something missing – it’s like eating naan bread without a curry.… Read More

Toughie 1430

Toughie No 1430 by Firefly

Niggles but few Giggles

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I may be unduly grouchy today as I spent a lot of the morning trying to communicate with BT staff in India about a fault on my telephone line – an activity guaranteed to raise the blood pressure.… Read More

DT 27853

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27853

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s the turn of the more interesting (to my mind) Tuesday setter this week. I would have given this three stars for difficulty but I spent some time, without success, trying to make 10a into something more than a cryptic definition.… Read More

Toughie 1426

Toughie No 1426 by proXimal

Piggy-in-the-Middle

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

I found the bottom half trickier than the top today, but it was all very enjoyable with some lovely bits of misdirection.

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DT 27847

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27847

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I thought that this was pretty straightforward but there may be a couple of problems lurking if you don’t know your England cricket captains or have never read Morte D’Arthur.… Read More

Toughie 1422

Toughie No 1422 by Elkamere

Grot? Not today

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

So, what have we today? Lots of containment-type clues, lots of reversals, exactly six anagrams (as is usual from this setter), smooth surfaces and some beautifully disguised definitions – it all adds up to a very enjoyable puzzle from Elkamere.… Read More

DT 27841

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27841

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Good morning from a sunny North Devon. I wasn’t overly impressed with this puzzle – there were a few good clues but much of it seemed somewhat mechanical with a number of chestnuts which are way past their sell-by date (e.g.… Read More