Category Archives: DT Cryptic Crosswords

Hints and tips for completing the regular Daily Telegraph Cryptic crosswords

DT 27581

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27581

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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

One of those grids which produces four mini puzzles. 12a held me up long enough to make this *** for difficulty.

DT 27576

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27576

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 23rd August 2014

A lot of moans and groans on the day about difficulty and enjoyment level, with comparisons being made with the previous week’s prize puzzle. Having written the reviews for both probably makes me in a good position to compare and contrast – I didn’t find a lot of difference – both took me the same time to solve and the enjoyment rating is the same. Spotting that this one is a pangram and smiling at some of the grumpy comments did add to the entertainment.

DT 27580

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27580

Hints and tips by archy and mehitabel

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Hola from the Vega Baja and Oxford. The weather in Spain is blistering hot (38C yesterday) but poor Oxford has . . . .

Yesterday it was scchua’s swansong and today it’s ours. The alleycat has decided that, as she’s really a reincarnation of the Great Queen Cleopatra, it is beneath her dignity to be seen consorting with a mere cockroach, even one with the soul of a free-verse poet. She’s now going off to search out a suitable aristocat and has graciously appointed Kath to pick up the pieces on a Thursday. For my part, I think I must have been watching too many old episodes of Star Trek as it’s inspired me to go on a search for a speech operated computer so I don’t have to keep bashing my head on the keyboard. In future you’ll just have to put up with pommers sharing the Thursday slot with Kath and Falcon. We’ve both enjoyed doing the blog together but now it’s time to move on, but . . . We’ll be back!

Anyway, on to the crossword. We both thought this was a tricky little rascal and with some rather dodgy definitions and wordplay so we’ve gone for ***/**, but for archy it was very close to being **** difficulty. It will be interesting to see your comments as when I say it’s hard everyone else usually says it’s easy-peasy and vice versa. Must be a wavelength thing.

DT 27579

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27579

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable puzzle, even though it didn’t take long to crack. A 1.5*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment. Thank you Jay.

This is my swan song, so again thank you for all your support. It has been a gas. I’ll say adieu for now with this: “Old bloggers never die – they just can’t remember their passwords!”.

DT 27578

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27578

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Most of this one went in fairly quickly but I was held up by 9d and 15a (which I’d never heard of) so I’ve upped the difficulty level to three stars. Do you think that’s about right or am I way off track? Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.

DT 27577

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27577

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from the heart of Downtown L.I. Although it is overcast the sun is still shining merrily away. Rufus shines today as well. He is in playful mood but very fair as usual.

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.

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.

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.