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Toughie 2577

Toughie No 2577 by Silvanus

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I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me

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

After a series of lighter Tuesday Toughies Silvanus has provided us with a puzzle with a little more bite. Don’t be put off by that introduction though. It’s all solvable either from definition or from wordplay. We begin with an error and work through to be rewarded with a refreshing pint at the end. Continue reading “Toughie 2577”

DT 29572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29572

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Bonjour from Barrel which is locked up, locked down, bolted and padlocked. Boris has thrown away the key. It is dark outside so no idea yet what the weather is doing. All there is for Saint Sharon and I to do is bonk or bicker. There is a lot of bickering going on. Continue reading “DT 29572”

Toughie 2569

Toughie No 2569 by Chalicea

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Good morning from locked down Barrel where life is similar to the unrestricted Barrel. Not a lot going on around here. It’s sharp and sunny though which is better than grey and dreary.… Continue reading

DT 29560

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29560

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Good morning from behind two face masks and a Perspex visor. Please keep at least two metres of distance between us. Your beshingled blogger in Barrel went to bed in Tier three and woke up in Tier four. Bugger! I have survived so far and would like to survive some more. Continue reading “DT 29560”

Toughie 2562

Toughie No 2562 by Silvanus

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Good Morning from The Independent Bubble of Barrel where very little has happened since the beginning of time. Today Silvanus has treated us to a trip down memory lane to meet a dead comedian and a dead B movie actor in a gentle Toughie which I think is just right for a Tuesday. Continue reading “Toughie 2562”

DT 29549

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29549

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There is not a cloud in the sky today here in the independent Bubble of Barrel. Will we ever see another human being again? Do we care? Answers on a postcard please. Continue reading “DT 29549”

Toughie 2554

Toughie No 2554 by Chalicea

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A full house of thirty-two clues written by Chalicea greeted me when I made it to the Toughie page this morning. That’s enough to spark a smile for me. The smiles continued throughout the solve nothing onerous today. Just a lot of gentle fun. Continue reading “Toughie 2554”

DT 29537

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29537

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Good morning from the drizzly independent state of Barrel where nothing of interest has happened for quite some time. Then this little gem cropped up: Continue reading “DT 29537”

Toughie 2546

Toughie No 2546 by Gila

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Good morning from Bonny Barrel where next year’s daffodil count will be far higher than this year. Continue reading “Toughie 2546”

DT 29525

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29525

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This is a lesson everyone who studies language eventually learns. You cannot stop language change. You may not like it; you may regret the arrival of new forms and the passing of old ones but there is not the slightest thing you can do about it. Language change is as natural as breathing. It is one of the linguistic facts of life.” – David Crystal Continue reading “DT 29525”