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Toughie 1818

Toughie No 1818 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It’s too hot to do much thinking so I was glad that this was a far easier puzzle than last Thursday’s.

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Toughie 1814

Toughie No 1814 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another Thursday and another hard morning at the Toughie gridface trying to chisel out the answers to today’s clues. And they sure needed a lot of chiselling out.… Read More

Toughie 1810

Toughie No 1810 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I’m back this week after last week’s misfortune when I switched the computer off before my email to Big Dave had begun its journey. All went smoothly with today’s puzzle until I came to a halt with just the NE corner unfinished.… Read More

Toughie 1802

Toughie No 1802 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was another straightforward puzzle by Samuel that caused me no problems at all. After getting 15 across and 3 down I started looking for other Beatles-related answers but couldn’t find any.… Read More

Toughie 1794

Toughie No 1794 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I struggled to get the brain into gear today and spent far longer on this puzzle than I should have done. There was nothing terribly obscure in the puzzle and there were enough gettable clues to get started with.… Read More

Toughie 1790

Toughie No 1790 by Shamus

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

Another puzzle of two halves. The bottom half went in fairly easily but the top half needed a lot of effort. I then had to think hard about some of the wordplay.… Read More

Toughie 1786

Toughie No 1786 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

The gentle Toughie week continues with what was probably my second fastest ever solve of a Toughie. On the cup-of-coffee scale of difficulty this ranked at one mouthful.… Read More

Toughie 1782

Toughie No 1782 by Firefly

A game of two halves

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

This was definitely a game of two halves. The bottom half went in with very few problems but then I struggled greatly with the top half even after I’d been sent the correct clue for 12 across (which was then solved instantly).… Read More

Toughie 1778

Toughie No 1778 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found this to be a very gentle Beam puzzle with only the SW corner putting up any kind of a fight. There were a few definitions that I didn’t find totally convincing but it was a pleasant enough puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1774

Toughie No 1774 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought you weren’t going to get this review today when my computer suddenly died when I was in the middle of writing it. But after a short delay I managed to reboot the computer and it now seems OK again.… Read More