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Toughie 1910

Toughie No 1910 by Excalibur

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

It’s some time since I’ve experienced the weird and wacky world of an Excalibur Toughie. I got on OK with this puzzle except that I struggled to finish the left-hand side mainly because I couldn’t think of one of the words of the answers clued by cryptic definitions.… Read More

Toughie 1906

Toughie No 1906 by Beam

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

Over the years I’ve got used to Beam’s style and I now finish his puzzles far more quickly than I used to. This one went in fairly easily apart from a final hold-up in the NW corner.… Read More

Toughie 1898

Toughie No 1898 by Firefly

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I feel like I’m making a guest appearance today having been unavailable on a Thursday so often recently (and I’m missing again next week). I completed this puzzle in average time though there were several bung-ins that I then had to justify.… Read More

Toughie 1886

Toughie No 1886 by Samuel

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

I didn’t find this overly difficult until I stalled on the last few answers (mostly in the SW corner) and then stalled even more trying to work out the wordplay for 23 across.… Read More

Toughie 1882

Toughie No 1882 by Firefly

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

Thanks to Mr Kitty and Tilsit for covering the last two Thursdays while I was visiting such exotic places as Doncaster and Manchester. Maybe I’m a bit rusty but today’s puzzle seemed to take longer than it should have done with the NE corner the last to yield.… Read More

Toughie 1870

Toughie No 1870 by Samuel

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

The bottom half went in reasonably quickly but I had more of a problem with the top half. But it all came good in the end and it was a very enjoyable exercise

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Toughie 1866

Toughie No 1866 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A slight hold-up at the very top of the grid pushed this pleasant puzzle up to the average difficulty level.

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Toughie 1862

Toughie No 1862 by Shamus

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

Another Thursday and another puzzle that was fairly straightforward. My only blip was filling in the wrong answer at 21 down.

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Toughie 1858

Toughie No 1858 by Beam

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

Another Thursday and another Beam puzzle with all the usual Beam characteristics (including a number of definitions that I wasn’t totally convinced by). The puzzle wasn’t too difficult.… Read More

Toughie 1854

Toughie No 1854 by Samuel

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

I was happily eating lunch when it suddenly dawned upon me that it was Thursday and I had a blog to write. I’ve no idea what day I thought it was.… Read More