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Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

NTSPP – 290

NTSPP – 290

A Puzzle by Radler

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DT 27893 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27893 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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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.… Read More

Toughie 1456

Toughie No 1456 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I tried to this when I got home from a night out and by the early hours I had only managed the right hand side. After some sleep, I had another go and worked through NW, and eventually SW was last to be completed.… Read More

DT 27892

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27892

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright sunny morning. Thanks to Shropshirelad and Digby for covering my absence for the last fortnight.

I fairly raced through today’s Giovanni – something of a contrast to the struggle yesterday – so only * for difficulty from me.… Read More

DT 27887

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27887

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on 22nd August 2015

A particularly 12a crossword, even for a Saturday, which left bloggers like me who can edit comments with a bit of a dilemma – when four people commented without taking notice of the instructions in the  Big Red Box, would xxxing out the offending word give more away than leaving well alone?… Read More

Toughie 1455

Toughie No 1455 by Dada

Bottoms up!

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

Another fairly easy puzzle from Dada, but more fun than many previous ones.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

DT 27891

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27891

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Hola from the Vega Baja again.  It’s not often I do two weeks in a row nowadays but I’ve swapped with Kath as I’m at a bit of a loose end this week.… Read More

ST 2809

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2809

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 16th August 2015

What a difference a week makes – a straightforward solve and a pleasure to enjoy a second time while drafting the review… Read More

Toughie 1454

Toughie No 1454 by Beam

No Brahms?

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

I don’t expect too many protests today that this one isn’t tough enough. There’s a lot of fairly complicated wordplay – no complaints from me on that score but I did calculate that two-thirds of the clues (20 out of 30) involve ‘container’ type constructs which does seem a bit excessive but it may be a by-product of having no anagrams at all.… Read More

DT 27890

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27890

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

Just a couple of hours before writing this we had the privilege of walking our youngest grand-daughter Milly to school. This is just her third week there and she happily skips along beside us holding our hands.… Read More