Category Archives: Wednesday

Since the beginning of 2010, Wednesday’s regular setter is Jeremy Mutch who has visited the blog as Jay. During 2009, Jay set almost all the Thursday puzzles.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27657

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

One Kiwi has been away for a few days staying with a group of friends on Matiu/Somes Island in the middle of Wellington harbour. (Google it). She saw many other birds but had to hurry home this morning by ferry, train and car to do the blog.

Jay has given us a few words that took a bit of pondering but the puzzle is generally quite gentle.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27651

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

A rather gentle one from Jay this week we thought. A good range of clue types but we would not expect too many horses to be frightened.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27645

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We had a great time at Wairakei Resort last weekend. The weather was outstandingly perfect so we were able to do all the things we had planned. Hot-pool bathing, walking, seeing the sights including the magnificent Huka Falls,  9 holes of golf, eating far too much and hanging out with family. What more could we ask for!

A few tricky ones from Jay this week and good fun as ever.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27639

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

In a couple of days we are off for a family gathering at the Wairakei Resort Hotel which is just north of Lake Taupo. It is in the geothermal region with lots of things to see and do. Should be fun and we are really looking forward to it.

Good fun again from Jay with just one word that we had to discover in the BRB.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27633

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We had a beautiful fine Spring morning for our walk earlier but now, as it often does at this time of the year, a wind has built up and the sky is grey. Just the weather for solving and blogging crosswords.

Good fun again from Jay and we thought it was just a little easier than last week’s.

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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.

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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.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27615

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Yesterday, on our morning walk, we saw the first flock of Bar-tailed Godwits that have returned to our estuary from their breeding ground in Alaska. Incredibly, they make this journey non-stop. We are always pleased to see them safely home again each year.

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An enjoyable puzzle once again from Jay

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27609

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The calendar tells us that spring has arrived, we put our clocks forward last weekend and there are proud mother ducks with flotillas of ducklings on the ponds we walk past, but the hills to the west of us have become mountains again with a fresh coating of snow. We have been doing our homework and practicing adding pictures. Hope they work!

Another nice offering from Jay.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27603

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today I am pleased to welcome the latest recruits to our blogging team, a delightful couple from New Zealand who call themselves the Two Kiwis. As they need no further introduction, I’ll hand over to them. BD

Kia ora. Kiwis are normally shy creatures who spend most of the day asleep and come out only at night, but we have emerged, blinking into the light to bring you our very first review of a Wednesday puzzle. It has taken much beak scratching.

We have been solving and enjoying Jay’s puzzles for several years now and regard them as a consistent yardstick for Telegraph Cryptic Crosswords. Jay, we feel honoured to be blogging your puzzles.