Category Archives: Crosswords

Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

MPP – 029 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 29 (October 2014) by Radler A review by Prolixic + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Congratulations to Lynn Chua who successfully navigated her way through Radler’s Monthly Prize Crossword. I fancy that the number of entries were on […]

Toughie 1278

Toughie No 1278 by Giovanni

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

It is rumoured that Giovanni has strong words to say about crossword blogs in the forthcoming update of his beloved manual. If he continues to produce puzzles like this one then it is not surprising that the Arsène Wenger of Crosswordland gets bad reviews.

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.

DT 27625

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27625

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Our nine day thousand mile road trip involving two weddings and a funeral is over and will hopefully never be repeated. Today we have another excellent offering from Rufus with some odd twists on familiar words. Definitions are underlined and I hope you can understand my ramblings.

My favourite clue is 20 down and my thanks go out to pommers and Merusa for teaching me about Els, Ens and Ems. Thanks also to Tstrummer for the Nuts and Muttons.

Rookie Corner 028

A Puzzle by Axolotl

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ST 2766 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766 (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.

NTSPP – 245

NTSPP – 245

Non-alcoholic by Soup

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DT 27624 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27624 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club hosted by gnomethang

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Today is your last chance to enter the October Monthly Prize Puzzle.

Your blogging team will be strongly represented at the London convention today, so you will be in the hands of a much smaller team. Many thanks to gnomethang who has volunteered to set the ball rolling before he too heads off for Wapping. BD

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

Toughie 1277

Toughie No 1277 by Notabilis

How do you make a 1 across?
Don’t answer that!

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

Notabilis never fails to both challenge and entertain, and this excellent puzzle is no exception.

DT 27623

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27623
Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the morning has started bright, and we seem to have missed the worst of the overnight rain.

I found today’s Giovanni easier than the last couple, only just into ** time for me, but enjoyable all the same.