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Daily Telegraph and Enigmatic Variations puzzles

Posted by neildubya on August 1st, 2008


As some of you might know there used to be a blog like this one dedicated to the Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword.  Since its demise a few people have asked if we would be covering the puzzle on this blog. And on a separate note, one of our bloggers asked me about the possibility of covering the Telegraph’s advanced cryptic series, called Enigmatic Variations.

I’d be happy to have both of these puzzles covered by this blog but as ever, it all depends on whether or not we can get enough people together to form a team to do the work. So, if you solve either or both of these puzzles and are interested in writing about them, could you email me ([email protected])? Alternatively, if you’re a solver and have no interest in the blogging side, perhaps you could leave a comment in this post so we can get an idea of how popular (or not) this might be?

Ta muchly


14 Responses to “Daily Telegraph and Enigmatic Variations puzzles”

  1. Don Manley says:

    From a Telegraph setter : yes please, let’s have some feedback from regular Telegraph solvers!

  2. Robin says:

    Don’t do the weekday/Sat puzzles, but would certainly like to see an EV blog.

  3. golgonooza says:

    I know of at least 4 or 5 work colleagues who would welcome a Daily Telegraph blog.

  4. ChrisPaulAndrews says:

    The EV is a very respected puzzle and wholly deserves to have a slot alongside the Inquisitor.

  5. IanWatts says:

    I regularly solve at least half of the DT clues and would appreciate their inclusion on this site.

  6. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    I live in Australia and I read the Weekly Telegraph (the weekly expatriate version of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph). Each week the Weekly Telegraph publishes a cryptic puzzle from one of the previous week’s editions of the Daily Telegraph. I used to compare my solution with the old Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword blog and I was disappointed when it discontinued as I learned a lot about the DT cryptic from that blog. I think it would be very good if this site could do a blog for the DT cryptic.

  7. Rich says:

    Just to add my name to the list… I’d like to see a blog!

  8. Jonathan says:

    For the odd times I attempt the EV, coverage of that would be very useful. While I wouldn’t say no to coverage of the regular daily cryptic (despite usually solving it without any problems), what I’d most like to see would be coverage of the newly-introduced Toughie, which is probably more likely to throw up problems.

  9. Tristan says:

    Would love to have a blog for the DT cryptic. The last one was very nicely done.

  10. Arthur Sharp says:

    As a struggling DT Cryptic solver I would appreciate a blog where guidance from experienced solvers could be found.

  11. 13eastie says:

    Would be delighted to see the DT here. I always do the Saturday puzzle and a few others during the week, though I rarely get around to starting them until fairly late in the day.

    What harm would it do to start a blank blog each day so that it can be appended to?

  12. Big Dave says:

    In case anyone still looks at this thread, I am now doing just that – a blog for the DT & ST Cryptics and the Toughie – 11 puzzles a week. I was given a plug on this site by Neil on 9th February, which resulted in a number of referrals.

    I already have some help, but wouldn’t say no to more!!

    Big Dave’s Telegraph Crossword Blog

  13. Calum Proctor says:

    I would dearly love to see the EV covered. It is the holy grail of crosswords, the cruciverbalist’s crucible.
    I’d be happy to contribute my (meagre) abilities to the blog, but I’d need the rest of the proverbial monkeys with keyboards, as my mean solution-solving total is about 6.

  14. Gaufrid says:

    The EV has been covered for many months now. Have you not checked the rest of the site?

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