Category Archives: Tuesday

Currently Tuesday does not appear to have a regular setter, although Shamus usually features on alternate weeks. Until Autumn 2010 the other slot featured Ray T most of the time.

DT 27739

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27739

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

The top half of this one went in very quickly but then I slowed up considerably at the bottom, primarily because both 19a and 17d were new terms for me and had to be prised out. There did seem to be a lot of proper nouns here with quite a bit of General Knowledge required.… Read More

DT 27733

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27733

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Well, last Tuesday’s plea for the setter to reveal his or her identity fell on deaf ears. Today’s puzzle has a different feel so perhaps we’ll be lucky this week. I enjoyed it and it put up a bit more of a struggle than we normally get on Tuesdays (though that may have been down to my interrupted sleep due to the gales outside).… Read More

DT 27727

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27727

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Tuesdays seem to be the poor relations in the Telegraph crossword week. Rufus has a host of followers on Mondays, discriminating solvers swear by Jay on Wednesdays, Ray T arouses strong feelings (mostly favourable) on Thursdays and Giovanni has his dedicated band of aficionados on Fridays.… Read More

DT 27721

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27721

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This puzzle wasn’t quite as easy as last Tuesday’s but it shouldn’t really detain anyone too long from moving on to the Toughie/getting to grips with the chores of the day (delete as appropriate). Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.… Read More

DT 27715

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27715

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This shouldn’t really cause many problems – I can’t remember ever having blogged a puzzle which fell quite as much into the ‘read and write’ category. On the plus side all the wordplay is clear and fair and the puzzle should appeal to anyone starting out in cryptic solving.… Read More

DT 27709

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27709

Hints and tips by Gazza

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We have another typical Tuesday puzzle with not much to raise the blood pressure or have us rolling in the aisles. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.

If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.… Read More

DT 27703

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27703

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I think the seasoned withered old veterans of the cryptic world will find this a breeze. Less experienced solvers should get there with perseverance. The clueing is altogether fair and the checking letters assist throughout. If you falter, find words that fit, bung them in and work backwards to see why they do or do not work.… Read More

DT 27697

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27697

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I don’t really subscribe to the current theory on the blog that back-page puzzles have got harder since 1st January but I have to concede that this one seems to me to be above average in terms of difficulty with some quite complicated wordplay (so I’ve given it four *).… Read More

DT 27691

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27691

Hints and tips by Gazza

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There is a literary flavour to today’s puzzle with two novelists and a novel featuring in the answers. I started off at a rate of knots but slowed down in the SE corner and needed all the checkers for what I thought was the trickiest clue, 21d.… Read More

DT 27685

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27685

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I didn’t enjoy this one a great deal – quite a few of the surfaces seemed clunky and didn’t make much sense and some of the definitions seemed a bit off. So, there’s plenty of room for discussion here – let’s hear what you thought.… Read More