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Toughie 2685

Toughie No 2685 by Chalicea

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Chalicea sets a Tuesday Floughie. This is a perfect entry into Toughieland for those who are hesitating to dip a toe into the water. The only type of clue that back-page solvers might not have previously encountered is the compound anagram at 14 Down. Continue reading “Toughie 2685”

DT 29733

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29733

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The Kiwis are away this week so I am stepping in. Fortunately there was nothing too tricky in this, yet another excellent Wednesday puzzle. Continue reading “DT 29733”

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Toughie 2669

Toughie No 2669 by Robyn

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Robyn is a new (female?) Toughie setter and this is an excellent, if not too difficult to solve, debut.

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DT 29713

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29713

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I’m deputising for Pommers today as he is travelling around southern Spain.

A good start-of-the-week puzzle i.e. not too difficult!

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Toughie 2661

Toughie No 2661 by Moeraki

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is Moeraki’s third Toughie (the last one was back in March). It contains several words that may not be in the vocabulary of many solvers, but all answers were easy enough to derive. Continue reading “Toughie 2661”

Toughie 2660

Toughie No 2660 by Osmosis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment *

Dutch is unavailable today.  I hadn’t anticipated the problems of the last two days when I agreed to cover for him, which is why this review is so late. Continue reading “Toughie 2660”

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Update 11th Jun 2021

I have managed to post Miffypops review of DT 29698, due yesterday, and will endeavour to add Rahmat’s DT 29694 [✓] and my review of Toughie 2660 [✓] later today.  All other reviews have been posted


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