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Toughie 1440

Toughie No 1440 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Ha! By pure chance I just came across a week-old email from the Telegraph with a £50 amazon voucher for winning the Sunday Prize crossword – it was in my spam folder!… Continue reading

Toughie 1437

Toughie No 1437 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Giovanni offers us a Pangram today, though the combination of unusual words and ultra-loose definitions made it hard for me to enjoy this puzzle as much as I did last Friday’s.… Continue reading

Toughie 1436

Toughie No 1436 by Elkamere

Thank you for the Music

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

At last I get to blog an Elkamere puzzle – I’ve been looking forward to this. I’ve always admired Elkamere’s knack of using hidden and misleading definitions that are nonetheless tight and accurate – so much more satisfying than loose synonyms.… Continue reading

Toughie 1429

Toughie No 1429 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A nice and gentle offering from Warbler today, no harder than the back-pager, to start our Toughie week, although I was misled by 7d which had me concerned about my lack of Latin education – however, turns out it was my musical education that was to blame.… Continue reading

Toughie 1428

Toughie No 1428 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I was panicking that this week’s Toughie parsing nightmares would culminate in a Friday blogger’s hell, but I needn’t have worried. Today’s puzzle didn’t feel much harder than the back-pager, though it did take me a while to get 8d, my last-one-in, and now my favourite since it contains a rather beautifully constructed mislead.… Continue reading

Toughie 1425

Toughie No 1425 by Shamus

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I’m covering for Toro today – as we move into the summer period there may be more of this sort of thing happening. Today’s puzzle by Shamus left me with a few to parse after completing the grid, and I had to phone a friend for one clue before everything fell into place, nudging this into 4* difficulty for me.… Continue reading

Toughie 1424

Toughie No 1424 by Notabilis

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

Congratulations Notabilis on your 100th Toughie! What an achievement! I was impressed that the previous Notabilis toughie was readily solvable with just newspaper and pen (I was sitting in a caravan with no dictionaries or WiFi).… Continue reading

Toughie 1420

Toughie No 1420 by Elgar

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

Happy Birthday Dad! My father Gerry is visiting me from Holland for a few weeks, and today is his 86th birthday. No doubt he is delighted that I started this special day battling with the Elgar puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 1416

Toughie No 1416 by Osmosis

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

I am trying something different today which I hope will make the puzzle more widely accessible. I’ve tried to add just a little more of the thinking involved during solving.… Continue reading

Toughie 1412

Toughie No 1412 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks as usual gives us intricate wordplay and cleverly disguised definitions that make for some great “aha” moments. No obscurities, though there were some word uses I didn’t know.… Continue reading