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Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

NTSPP – 237

NTSPP – 237

A Puzzle by Wiglaf

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DT 27576 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27576 (Hints)

Big Dave’s 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.

Toughie 1245

Toughie No 1245 by Firefly

It’s all Greek to me!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of the easiest Friday puzzles for quite a while. A lot of the clues are of the kind recently described as “cut-and-paste”, requiring various bits and pieces to be added or removed.

DT 27575

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27575

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but cool morning.

A couple of usages which may be unfamiliar today, but as usual Giovanni’s wordplay makes the answer reachable.

DT 27570

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27570

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th August 2014

I thought it was just me being exhausted after nearly two weeks of “holidaying” and Granny duties, but it turned out that quite a lot of other people thought this was a trickier than usual Saturday puzzle.

Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.

DT 27574

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27574

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning all. It’s a chilly and autumnal morning in Oxford – still August but feeling more like September. Oh well, the grass is cut and our newly painted sitting room is almost put back together so now I can concentrate on writing some hints. I have no doubt that this is a Ray T crossword even though the Queen seems to have gone AWOL. I thought it was fairly gentle for one of his but I’m more than ready for some of you to disagree with me.

ST 2756

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2756

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th August 2014

A nice straightforward Sunday puzzle – perfect for the very tired solver/blogger. There is always something you notice when typing a review of a puzzle that doesn’t immediately seem obvious when solving – this week there were eleven instances of inserting something into something else. My favourite clue wasn’t one of those clues, but the splendid 17d.

Toughie 1243

Toughie No 1243 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Micawber is once more in cracking form – great stuff from the maestro.

DT 27573

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27573

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A straightforward and enjoyable puzzle. Thanks Jay. A 1.5*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment.