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ST 2739

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2739

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 13th April 2014

Morning All! A delightful puzzzle in my book. Most if the ;in; that you see links the definition to the wordplay (or vice-cersa). Most of the wordplay is astounding too!

DT 27472

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27472

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where spring is desperately striving to make an appearance but winter is not exiting the stage gracefully. Everything seems to be a good month behind schedule.

Today’s puzzle is definitely not by Ray T. Might it be the work of Petitjean? I will leave it to those more knowledgeable than I to make that determination.

Toughie 1175

Toughie No 1175 by Elkamere

A Cassoulet of Cooks?

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

The presence of 9a in this enjoyable puzzle makes me think that there must be some sort of theme, but the only possibility that I can see is the number of cooks mentioned in the clues, including the brilliant Peter. I’m sure that I’ll be put right if I’ve missed anything else.

DT 27471

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27471

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For me this was one of Jay’s easier puzzles. Feel free to disagree.

Toughie 1174

Toughie No 1174 by Dada

So good he said it twice!

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

A fun puzzle from one of my favourite setters. 18 down added one of the enjoyment stars.

DT 27470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27470

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

This is enjoyable but not too much of a stretch. I’m not keen on 17d and one of the homophones seems very dodgy to me. Do let us know what you thought of the puzzle and how you fared.

DT 27469

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27469

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I raced through this but came to a crashing halt with three to go and needed Big Dave’s help. Piggies and grandchild for those who are interested.

Rookie Corner – 002

A Puzzle by loonapick

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Prize Puzzle – April 2014 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – April 2014

A crossword by Prolixic

Reviewed by crypticsue

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Congratulations to Milvus who solved this fine crossword (I thought there were some lovely surface readings) and then spotted “the who, where and with what” needed to solve the mystery and enter the competition, winning a choice of Hamlyn Telegraph puzzle books. If you still haven’t solved the crime, there is a handy grid at the bottom of this review which reveals all.

ST 2740 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2740 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.