Category Archives: DT Cryptic Crosswords

Hints and tips for completing the regular Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

DT 27553

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27553

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Almost a read and write today with a few clues only opening up once checking letters were in. The seven anagrams should assist newcomers to cryptics. Elsewhere we have a fine mix of double definitions, hidden words, charades and all in one clues. The usual paraphernalia associated with that funny little world we inhabit – Crosswordland. Happy birthday to Saint Sharon.

DT 27551

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27551

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a bright, sunny morning with the promise of another hot day.

I found it a little difficult to get started on this puzzle from the Don, perhaps because I always like to start in the NW corner, and that turned out to be the last to yield.

DT 27546

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27546

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 19th July 2014

A pretty straightforward puzzle with some good surface readings. I enjoyed this one.

DT 27550

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27550

Hints and tips by mehitabel

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

Good morning to everyone from a cool and, so far at least, a rather hazy morning in Oxford. This is my first attempt at doing most of it “my own self”! Thanks to BD for doing the bits that I can’t quite do yet, to Pommers for all his patience, help and encouragement, and to the rest of you for putting up with any mistakes that I may have made. There is little, if any, doubt in my mind that this is a Ray T production.

DT 27549

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27549

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A 1.5-2* difficulty/3* enjoyment for me today. Thanks to Jay.

DT 27548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27548

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I don’t wish to be 1a but I really didn’t find much to enjoy here – it all seemed very mechanical.

Do share your thoughts on your solving experience and tell us what you liked and didn’t like about the puzzle.

DT 27547

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27547

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable outing from Rufus today with a tussle and a query at 2d. What is your view? This has been done in the early hours as we are going to the opening of an exhibition of Aviation paintings at The Mall Galleries in London.

Solved silently this week whilst Saint Sharon slept peacefully. I will now go and wake her up to see if she is sleeping alright.

DT 27540

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27540

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 12th July 2014

Emergency stand-in blogger here so I can’t remember how difficult I found this as my solved grid is at home. I do remember it didn’t seem like a Cephas puzzle, although it was in theory ‘his’ week.

DT 27545

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27545

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Lancing in West Sussex, where we’re staying for a few days. I started writing this last night, but had to pause when there was a huge thunderstorm – a bit loud when you’re in a caravan!

As we expect from the Don on a Friday, some obscurities and a certain amount of general knowledge needed to complete this puzzle, which was *** for me.

DT 27544

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27544

Hints and tips by archy and mehitabel

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Good morning everyone. It’s a bit steamy on the Vega Baja this morning and it’s hot in Oxford too, but not in a nice way – a bit cloudy/sunny – very grumpy weather.

Maybe it’s the weather causing us to be a bit grumpy but we both thought this was a tricky little rascal and a bit of a grind. It was very nearly into 4* time for archy! A bit of a strange mixture of some very dodgy surfaces interspersed with a few chestnuts, some fairly easy clues and some very clever stuff. Not many anagrams either. Archy spent some time looking for a Nina round the outside but can’t spot one. We’ll be interested to hear what you made of it.