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Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

MPP 031 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 031

December 2014

A puzzle by Alchemi

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The instructions told us that this was not a pangrammatic grid, so the first thing you had to know was that a pangram is something (not necessarily a crossword) containing all the letters of the alphabet. I remember when learning to touch type many moons ago, we were made to type ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ so that’s the first pangram that always comes into my mind.… Read More

ST 2775 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2775 (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.… Read More

NTSPP – 254

NTSPP – 254

A Puzzle by Imsety

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DT 27678 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27678 (Hints)

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Today is your last chance to have a go at our December Prize Puzzle!

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 1313

Toughie No 1313 by Elkamere

A stay of execution!

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

Having read that this was a difficult puzzle before I even started on it, I was pleasantly surprised to solve it in less than 5-star time.

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 27677

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27677

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where we have a bright start to the day.

As usual with Giovanni, some uncommon words very fairly clued, but no particular difficulties otherwise.… Read More

DT 27672

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27672

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 13th  December 2014

Quite a mixture of clues in this one, with several cryptic definitions which aren’t usually seen as much on Saturdays as they are in the week.… Read More

Toughie 1312

Toughie No 1312 by Firefly

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Comments on the last weeksworth of Toughies have been: “a bit flat” (Gazza, yesterday), “run-of-the-mill” (Toro, Tuesday), “neither difficult nor enjoyable” (BD, Friday), and “bog standard” (me, a week ago). Because of this I was determined that I’d buck the trend and wouldn’t be grumpy today.… Read More

ST 2773

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 7th December 2014

 

I found this one a tiny bit trickier than recent Sundays – looking back at it ten days later, I have no idea why. As for a favourite, this week it has to be the trademark Virgilius clue – 18d.… Read More

DT 27676

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27676

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where temperatures have been hovering around the freezing point meaning that the precipitation is wavering between rain and freezing rain. It really is quite nasty and makes one look forward to colder temperatures and snow.

I presume that today’s puzzle is by Mr.… Read More