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Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

NTSPP – 250

NTSPP – 250

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 27654 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27654 (Hints)

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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 1297

Toughie No 1297 by Elgar

One small step for Elgar …

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

…one giant leap in satisfaction for those of us who like to find a proper Toughie in the middle of the paper.

DT 27653

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27653
Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a misty Novemberish day.

Some fish, some philosophers and a clever construction at 28a in today’s Giovanni, which I found more straightforward than the last couple from him.

DT 27648

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27648

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 15th November 2014

I seem to solving Saturday puzzles differently to most commenters – last week I found the puzzle really straightforward and this week it took me much longer than usual to solve the crossword, although looking at it now, I have no idea why.

As for who set it – I’m going to go for a Saturday Mysteron, based on, amongst other things, noticing that there are only two anagrams (and Cephas usually gives us more) and seven double-definitions which doesn’t seem very Cephas-like either.

Toughie 1296

Toughie No 1296 by Firefly

Son of Yoda

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

When I first started blogging Toughies I used to enjoy Firefly’s puzzles. No longer.

ST 2769

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2769

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 9th November 2014

Another nice Sunday puzzle, this one with a couple of military references as befits a puzzle published on Remembrance Sunday.

 

DT 27652

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27652

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from a cold and chilly Ottawa where the ground is covered with a few inches of snow. It’s hard to believe that only five days ago I was on the golf course.

This is a DNRT (definitely not Ray T) day. I thought that it was a rather enjoyable exercise today that crept into the lower end of the *** difficulty range.

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 27651

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27651

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

A rather gentle one from Jay this week we thought. A good range of clue types but we would not expect too many horses to be frightened.