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Toughie 2534

Toughie No 2534 by Chalicea

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

As usual Chalicea had me reaching for my trusty Chambers to confirm the musical abbreviation, the bone marrow, the measuring instruments, the pugilism, and the subgroups, but all were easily derived from their respective clues and only the bone marrow was a totally new word. Continue reading “Toughie 2534”

Toughie 2526

Toughie No 2526 by Dada

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

The days when you could guarantee an easy Toughie on a Tuesday seem well gone. This was of middling difficulty, with several long answers and some of what were, for me at least, obscurities (the aromatic plant, the design and the Indian state, although I had heard of the latter) and a sprinkling of General Knowledge. Continue reading “Toughie 2526”

Toughie 2518

Toughie No 2518 by Donnybrook

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this Donnybrook Toughie, all the more so after writing the review. Standout favourite has to be penny-drop moment when 24a fell into place and I realised it had nothing to do with cricket! Continue reading “Toughie 2518”

Toughie 2496

Toughie No 2496 by Zandio

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Tilsit covered my Tuesday slot, while I am covering Thursday to allow crypticsue to deputise for Dutch tomorrow.

I found this to be a slog with no satisfaction on completion. I’m sure others will disagree. What a contrast to the excellent puzzle that I have just solved that will appear as Saturday’s NTSPP. Continue reading “Toughie 2496”

DT 29448

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29448

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Deep Threat is otherwise involved this week, so I have taken a rare opportunity to fully review a back-page puzzle. Continue reading “DT 29448”