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Toughie 100007

Toughie No 100007 by Shamus

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

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to all of you! I have just spent 3 hours opening presents with two excited kids and some Prosecco. Today Shamus gives a lovely seasonal puzzle which I rated 3* for difficulty (although I did need Mr Google more than once and I got stuck not knowing a river – many thanks to Gazza and BD for bailing me out).… Continue reading

Toughie 1520

Toughie No 1520 by Notabilis

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

Much to like here, nice deception, great definitions, surprises, and as always Notabilis is wonderfully fair – I particularly appreciated the extra help with the plants (unflowering plant, low-growing plant), even though the answers are common enough.… Continue reading

Toughie 1516

Toughie No 1516 by Elgar

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

Today your mission is 16a (and there are more than first meets the eye). This brilliant puzzle by Elgar allowed me to get off to a good start but it did take me quite a while to finish, not helped by having had quite a few beers last night with Snape, who very kindly came to visit from Liverpool.… Continue reading

Toughie 1512

Toughie No 1512 by Micawber

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

I struggled with this and by the time I had filled the grid there were many clues left unparsed. Mind you, I did try it after an evening in the pub.… Continue reading

Toughie 1508

Toughie No 1508 by Osmosis

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

This took me double normal toughie time but in retrospect I should have seen a lot of it much earlier – others may get the personalities more quickly than I did, which already gives you the perimeter.… Continue reading

Toughie 1504

Toughie No 1504 by Notabilis

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

Pleasant and well-clued puzzle today – definitely not too tough so do try. The top half went in very quickly, then I was held up enough in the bottom half to finish in normal toughie time.… Continue reading

Toughie 1500

Toughie No 1500 by Sparks

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

Toughie 1500! What a milestone, congratulations and many thanks to all involved. Today’s puzzle has lots of cleverly disguised definitions, fun wordplay and some great surface readings .… Continue reading

Toughie 1496

Toughie No 1496 by Elgar

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

Artful and inventive clueing at its best and definitely worth a go, in case you are hesitating. This took me a little longer than usual and when the grid was full I was left with a few clues where the parsing needed some more thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 1492

Toughie No 1492 by Notabilis

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

Excellent puzzle from Notabilis today with crisp clueing and great surfaces. With X, Y & Z appearing in the first 3 solutions, I thought we were destined for a pangram, but Q is absent – instead, we have a Nina!… Continue reading

Toughie 1488

 Toughie No 1488 by Osmosis

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

This is the 101st toughie from Osmosis; the last one I blogged was his wonderful centenary crossword. He continues to delight with a quality puzzle that bears his trademark tight clueing and surprise answers – plenty of penny-drop moments, which is what it is all about.… Continue reading