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Toughie 3251

Toughie No 3251 by Django
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Django has given us a very entertaining puzzle with some nifty wordplay today – many thanks to him.

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Toughie 3247

Toughie No 3247 by Beam
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ***

We have a pretty gentle puzzle from Beam today with all his usual trademarks. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 3243

Toughie No 3243 by Firefly
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment ***

Firefly has given us a theme today based on 13a (which is quite appropriate for me since not having had a flake of snow all through the winter I awoke this morning to find a white covering on the ground).

My progress through the puzzle started at the pace of an arthritic snail but speeded up later. I enjoyed the battle – thanks to Firefly.

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Toughie 3239

Toughie No 3239 by Silvanus
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/***Enjoyment ****

A very enjoyable puzzle from Silvanus – thanks to him for the entertainment.

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Toughie 3235

Toughie No 3235 by Artix
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Artix has given us a proper Toughie today with plenty of scope for going astray. I enjoyed the battle – thanks to Artix.

There are a lot of old American entertainers referenced in the clues – I wonder whether that can be regarded as a mini-theme.

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Toughie 3231

Toughie No 3231 by Beam
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BD Rating  Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Beam has given us a fairly gentle puzzle today. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 3227

Toughie No 3227 by Kcit
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found the top half of this puzzle very gentle although it did get a little tougher towards the bottom. Thanks to Kcit.

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DT 30545 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30545 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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Crypticsue has come down with a bad case of the lurgy this morning so I’m providing a few hints for the Saturday Prize Puzzle.

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Toughie 3223

Toughie No 3223 by Silvanus
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

I thought that Silvanus had upped his difficulty level a smidgen with this very enjoyable puzzle. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 3219

Toughie No 3219 by Django
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Django’s being pretty gentle with us today but he’s as enjoyable as ever. Thanks to him.

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