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Toughie 2318

Toughie No 2318 by Artix

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

A rather good puzzle from Artix, I thought, with plenty of enjoyable twists – though I confess surprise at one of the anagram indicators. 1a and 2d were my last ones in – it took me a while to see the devices being used, very nice!… Continue reading

Toughie 2314

Toughie No 2314 by Osmosis

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

Another high-quality pangram by Osmosis. Very enjoyable

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Toughie 2310

Toughie No 2310 by Sparks

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

A punchy puzzle by Sparks with some great wordplay and some new vocab for me. I remember my thermodynamics, but it would seem I need to brush up on methods of controlling locks, as well as molluscs, woods and Swedes.… Continue reading

Toughie 2306

Toughie No 2306 by Firefly

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A pleasant and entertaining puzzle from Firefly with some great definitions. A couple of new words were clued fairly and easily. I was lucky to get the long clues straight away, speeding up my solve

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Toughie 2302

Toughie No 2302 by proXimal

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

Another very nice puzzle from proXimal, not stupidly hard, great surfaces, just my kind of thing – a great way to start the day.

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Toughie 2298

Toughie No 2298 by Osmosis

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

Another tightly-clued puzzle by Osmosis with lovely surface readings. I kicked myself realising I could have made my life quite a bit simpler in SE by using the pangram

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Toughie 2294

Toughie No 2294 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 135th Telegraph Toughie. As usual, that is the basis for a theme. I got carried away with a cricket theme, dangerous as I know nothing of cricket – I was thinking 135 was the unbeaten number of runs by 23a Stokes, and I had plucked, I thought, a convincing number of cricketers from the grid.Continue reading

Toughie 2286

Toughie No 2286 by Elkamere

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

Always a joy. Today’s Elkamere has several easy ways in and plenty to keep you on your toes. My bottom half went in quickly and my top right hand corner yielded last.… Continue reading

Toughie 2282

Toughie No 2282 by proXimal

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

Fair, not overly difficult and enjoyable puzzle from proXimal today. I started with 8a and worked systematically anti-clockwise, giving me the illusion of being in control.

Many thanks Tilsit for looking after last Friday’s toughie

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Toughie 2274

Toughie No 2274 by Sparks

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Great fun from Sparks. I managed to find a little Nina. Even not knowing the dance, the expression of derision, and the botanical term for losing one’s bits (my last one in), all were clearly clued and I completed within ** time.… Continue reading