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Hints and tips for completing Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

Toughie 1285

Toughie No 1285 by Osmosis

Scraping the barrel

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This otherwise pleasant puzzle was, for me, somewhat spoilt by the inclusion of a second-rate US Politician and, in the wordplay for 17 down, a long-forgotten US actor.

DT 27635

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27635
Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs on a mild, misty morning.

A fairly typical Friday puzzle from Giovanni this morning. Understanding the wordplay in 22d, my last one in, almost pushed me into *** time, hence the borderline marking.

DT 27630

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27630 A full review by crypticsue + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment *** This puzzle was published on Saturday, 25th October 2014 A typical Saturday Mysteron puzzle, this time with some interesting insertion indicators.

Toughie 1284

Toughie No 1284 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I found this to be a trickier than usual Kcit puzzle. It didn’t help that I couldn’t give it my undivided attention because I had to keep an eye on a 5-year-old at the same time that I was solving it. Even so I think it was definitely in the 4-star difficulty zone. It was an enjoyable puzzle in which some of the wordplay needed a bit of thought.

DT 27634

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27634

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a beautiful autumn morning with not a cloud in the sky but there is a slight nip in the air. I’m pretty sure this is a RayT production as Her Majesty is in attendance and all but one clues are eight words or less. Not very much in the way of innuendo and perhaps a few more anagrams than RayT usually includes, which I know will please many of you. There are also three hidden word clues, two of them reversed, so I reckon a certain lady blogger might be pleased to be giving this one a miss.

I found it very enjoyable and not too taxing so I’ll be interested to see your comments.

ST 2766

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 276g

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 19th October 2014

Morning All! THere were some lovely cryptic and double definitions here and the rest worked really well as well!

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Toughie 1283

Toughie No 1283 by Elkamere

Elementary, my dear Watson

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I’m pretty sure that I completed this in record time for an Elkamere or Anax puzzle, which means either that I’m getting better at them (unlikely, given the rate of disappearance of my brain cells) or (more probably) that Elkamere is in a charitable frame of mind. That said, I did enjoy it a great deal, especially the brilliant 5d and 11a.

DT 27633

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27633

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We had a beautiful fine Spring morning for our walk earlier but now, as it often does at this time of the year, a wind has built up and the sky is grey. Just the weather for solving and blogging crosswords.

Good fun again from Jay and we thought it was just a little easier than last week’s.

Toughie 1282

Toughie No 1282 by Shamus

Mungo and Jerry

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The traditional easy start to the Toughie week, but nonetheless an entertaining puzzle.

DT 27632

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27632

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly solid puzzle today – no great laughs but nothing to complain about (I’ve stopped complaining about the use of ‘on’ to mean ‘precedes’ in across clues such as 10a because it occurs so frequently). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.