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A personal take on the best dozen Times crossword clues from the last 5 years
Part one of a thirteen-part series of blogs

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 December 2017

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12 best Times Cryptic Crossword clues of the last 5 years?

I've been doing cryptic crosswords for over 40 years, and have always found the Times puzzle the most enjoyable.  The aim of this blog is to share my enthusiasm for its wit and ingenuity by listing (and explaining) my 12 favourite clues from the last 5 years.

I've also included lots of clues which made my top 100, but not my top 12, and given answers and explanations for how they all work.  Happy reading!

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27 Aug 18 at 07:07

I'm not sure if anyone will read this, but it's in response to the list of 12 best Times crossword clues . . . .

This is not from the Times nor is it a difficult clue to solve, but I've always liked it for its simplicity and elegance (and of course the clue could probably be better phrased to improve it even further):

"Frenchman has an assignation in a flat, but not for long" (4-1-5)

Pied-a-terre (PIE-d a te-RRE)