Category Archives: DT Cryptic Crosswords

Hints and tips for completing the regular Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

DT 27627

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27627

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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

We thought this puzzle from Jay was a lot of fun so have upped the enjoyment rating. It took us about average time to solve and parse so *** for difficulty.

Last week we mentioned asparagus in our intro. There were lots of comments but nobody mentioned green pees (not a typo!). Congratulations on being so restrained.
Today, in the Dominion-Post from Wellington, the first puzzle we blogged, 27603, has appeared. We wonder if this will prompt Kiwi lurkers to make a comment.

DT 27626

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27626

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very windswept North Devon. I thought that this enjoyable puzzle was pretty straightforward but the Telegraph Puzzles site has been showing four stars for difficulty all morning so I’ve compromised and given it 3*. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

DT 27625

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27625

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Our nine day thousand mile road trip involving two weddings and a funeral is over and will hopefully never be repeated. Today we have another excellent offering from Rufus with some odd twists on familiar words. Definitions are underlined and I hope you can understand my ramblings.

My favourite clue is 20 down and my thanks go out to pommers and Merusa for teaching me about Els, Ens and Ems. Thanks also to Tstrummer for the Nuts and Muttons.

DT 27623

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27623
Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the morning has started bright, and we seem to have missed the worst of the overnight rain.

I found today’s Giovanni easier than the last couple, only just into ** time for me, but enjoyable all the same.

DT 27618

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27618

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 11th October 2014

Morning All!. There were some lovely clues here but I found the amount of straight insertion clues to make the rest a bit of a write-in. Hence one star for the solving time.

DT 27622

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27622

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where we are back to more seasonable weather following the gift of a July-like day earlier in the week.

Today’s puzzle bears RayT’s trademarks — although in a somewhat restrained manner. The Queen is present but does not make a grand entrance and the innuendo is rather tame. There is certainly not much on the menu for anagram lovers — only four and one of those is merely a partial anagram. On the other hand, charade aficionados should be in their glory.

DT 27621

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27621

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of the things that we really look forward to in the Spring is eating the first asparagus of the season. We have a huge bunch sitting in the fridge ready for tonight’s dinner. YUM.

Jay has given us another enjoyable puzzle this week, with plenty of picture opportunities too.

DT 27620

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27620

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

The top half of this one was pretty much read and write for me. I did slow up a bit in the bottom half (it’s the age you know) so that pushed the difficulty rating up to two stars. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

DT 27619

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27619

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Rufus gives us a masterclass in how to use the same word in multiple clues, each time with a different meaning. Unlike Brenda Spencer I always look forward to Mondays!

DT 27617

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27617
Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is just coming up as I write this.

Giovanni has given us his trademark religious and classical references, unusual words and the odd Shakespearean reference this morning.