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 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.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27597

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Although this was very much a write-in for me it was still very enjoyable, albeit 1 across is a very old chestnut!

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26591

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the heat wave still continues and it’s forecast to get hotter tomorrow and Friday! It’s nice to have a go in my old Wednesday slot for once as I always like a Jay puzzle and this was no exception. Very neat clueing and some humour but it just crept into 3* difficulty for me because I was inordinately slow twigging 6d, d’oh! I don’t suppose you guys will have the same trouble.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27585

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I always enjoy puzzles from Jay. They are (usually) not too difficult and the clues are invariably fair and straightforward. This one is a bit top-heavy with anagrams, but not as bad as yesterday’s Toughie (or so I am told, as I stay sane by having absolutely nothing to do with Excalibur puzzles).

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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!”.

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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.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27567

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable puzzle with no major problems, as usual from Jay, to whom thanks. 1.5*/3* for difficulty and enjoyment.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27561

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For some reason, it was hard starting on this one, but once past the tipping point, it was quite straightforward. A 1.5*/3* difficulty/enjoyment. Thanks to Jay.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27555

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The usual good stuff from Jay. A 1.5*/3* difficulty/enjoyment rating. Thanks to Jay.

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27549

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A 1.5-2* difficulty/3* enjoyment for me today. Thanks to Jay.