Category Archives: Crosswords

Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

Rookie Corner 024

A Puzzle by Gepetto

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MPP 028 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 028

September 2014

A crossword by Alchemi

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Congratulations to this month’s winner – A. Weir – who correctly gave Harare (17:51 S) as being nearest to “eighteen degrees S” – the parallel of latitude found in across rows four and 12 of the crossword.

I don’t know whether they used Google to find out which of the places named in the solutions was on this parallel of latitude, but I used an atlas when I test-solved the crossword, which led to our setter changing the wording of the question so that entrants would know that Harare was the answer needed to win the Chambers XWD – A Dictionary of Crossword Abbreviations. Incorrect entries included Port-au-Prince (18:32 N)(my original answer) , Rio de Janeiro (22:54 S) and Mogadishu (02:02 N)

 

ST 2762 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2762 (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 – 241

NTSPP – 241

A Puzzle by Wiglaf

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DT 27600 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27600 (Hints)

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Entries for the September Monthly Prize Puzzle close today.

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 1261

Toughie No 1261 by Firefly

In a bit of a State?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Continuing a run of easier-than-usual Friday puzzles is this pleasant puzzle from Firefly. Are we being set up for a big fall next week? The only answer that gave me any trouble in parsing was 11 across, so I’ll make it my favourite.

DT 27599

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27599

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs in the still United Kingdom on a dull, grey morning.

I fairly rattled through today’s Giovanni, only coming into ** territory because I had one letter wrong in 16d and had to go back to correct it. But then I knew the French word which makes up part of 25a and the vessel in 4d.

DT 27594

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27594

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 13th September 2014

Morning All! A bit of a curate’s egg for me. A couple of excellent clues and a couple that I did not care for. Also a couple that made me think and laugh.

Toughie 1260

Toughie No 1260 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was sorry to miss last week’s Micawber puzzle especially as this week’s puzzle is a more typical Thursday puzzle. There was nothing particularly difficult in it although, as often happens with Shamus puzzles, the last couple of bits of wordplay needed a little thought

ST 2760

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2760

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 7th September 2014

One of those crosswords where the solving process seemed to be taking longer than the actual time it took, or was that just waiting for the amphibian to hop across the pond in my favourite clue, 7d?