Category Archives: DT Cryptic Crosswords

Hints and tips for completing the regular Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

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.

DT 27543

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27543

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable quickie from Jay, with 1*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment. Thanks Jay.

DT 27542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27542

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There are some good misdirections here and I enjoyed this puzzle a fair bit more than I usually do on a Tuesday. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

DT 27541

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27541

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hurrah!! The oikball is over. Booo! The season is only a couple of weeks away. An enjoyable crossword but none too difficult. After a busy weekend We are rewarding ourselves with a visit to a seafood restaurant. Favourite clue 19ac.

DT 27539

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27539

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a dry but overcast morning.

It may be that I’m tired after a long trip into Wales for a family funeral, but I found today’s Giovanni hard going, with several obscure words, an unusual variant spelling, and one word which was completely new to me, although the clues, as usual, were entirely fair.

DT 27534

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27534

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 5th July 2014

Apart from being one of those puzzles that seemed to take a lot longer to solve than it did, this was a fairly average Saturday Mysteron production.