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ST 2833 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2833 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Difficulty *** / Enjoyment ****

Morning everyone.  After a lovely day yesterday surrounded by the great and the good, it’s back to business today with the Sunday Puzzle by Brian and it is to be fair a little tougher than yesterday’s Daily, but no less enjoyable, and packed with clues that are always fair.… Read More

DT 28024 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28024 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the 07:19 from Warrington.  The Saturday Club is having a day out en route to London for a special day out.  Big Dave was leaving me to babysit things and I decided if you can’t beat them, join them! … Read More

Double Toughie 100007

Double Toughie No 100007

Enigma Variations by Elgar

Friends Dropping Round for Christmas

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

Season’s Greetings from a wet Warrington! Merry Christmas to you all and here’s Elgar’s annual seasonal offering which is probably one of his more accessible puzzles.… Read More

ST 2819 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2819 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Morning All

Thanks to Crypticsue for standing in at short notice when a certain four-legged chum decided to be a bit awkward.  I am having problems with another four-legged chum this morning.  His name’s Dexter and he insists on sitting on the keyboard while I am typing this, expecting cuddles and treats.… Read More

ST 2818 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2818 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Hello, back again while the boss is elsewhere gallivanting and partying like it’s 1762.

Certainly a bit of a sterner challenge than yesterday’s but a very enjoyable puzzle from one of my favourite setter.  Probably the best hint I can offer today is “read the clue and break it up into pieces, nothing is ever wasted”.… Read More

DT 27935 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27935 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning all!

While the gang are away in that London, I’m going to babysit things for the next couple of weekends.

Incidentally if you are bored today once you have finished this enjoyable puzzle, one of my puzzles is the General Knowledge Jumbo challenge in the Independent.  … Read More

Toughie 1432

Toughie No 1432 by Osmosis

Moving Stuff

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Osmosis is along today in the Friday slot and this is what I would call a typical Osmosis puzzle with lots of painstaking constructions using smaller words and pieces of words.… Read More

Toughie 1404

Toughie No 1404 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

In between revision for my OU exams, this came as a lovely welcome relief. One of my favourite setters and Notabilis hasn’t disappointed today (not that he ever does!).… Read More

Toughie 1396

Toughie No 1396 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

It’s the King of the Toughies today, the Toughie equivalent of Mark Labbett from The Chase quiz show. I found this a fairly stern challenge and it took me a fair old while to get my head around a couple of the answers, particularly in the bottom right.… Read More

ST 2793 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2793 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Good morning lovely people, greetings from a sun-stricken Calder Valley!

While Our Glorious Leader nurses his hungover head (not really) after yesterday’s crosswordy gathering in Cambridge, I’m here to help you a little with today’s wonderful puzzle by the amazing Brian Greer. … Read More