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Toughie 1909

Toughie No 1909 by Micawber

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I thought that this one was fairly gentle for a Micawber Toughie but as enjoyable as his puzzles always are. Thanks to him for the entertainment.

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Toughie 1905

Toughie No 1905 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Osmosis for today’s puzzle which I thought was at the easier end of his toughness spectrum though with plenty of his trademark clues where the answer is built up from lots of little bits.… Read More

Toughie 1901

Toughie No 1901 by Kcit

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

Thanks to Kcit for what I thought was quite a tricky puzzle (especially in the NW corner where I’d managed to start my original answer to 4d with DE, thus making 1a impossible).… Read More

Toughie 1897

Toughie No 1897 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is the fourth posthumous Petitjean Toughie in a row that’s fallen to me to blog – I don’t want to deny other bloggers the pleasure (I do really!) but long may that trend continue since there’s been no notification that this is the last one.… Read More

Toughie 1893

Toughie No 1893 by Micawber

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

I found this one a bit trickier than we normally get from Micawber (possibly because several of the words were new for me) but it’s really enjoyable as his puzzles always are.… Read More

Toughie 1889

Toughie No 1889 by Excalibur

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Excalibur is a fairly rare visitor to Toughieland on Wednesdays and today she’s given us a typical example of her quirky style with some clues working much better than others.… Read More

Toughie 1885

Toughie No 1885 by Kcit

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

I thought that this was a solid puzzle though without a great deal of sparkle. I proceeded round the grid in a clockwise direction, steadily rather than speedily, and ended up in the SW corner.… Read More

Toughie 1881

Toughie No 1881 by Petitjean

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

Still they keep coming – we have another great puzzle from the late Petitjean. I’m told that there’s no indication in the paper that this is the last one, so let’s hope for many more.… Read More

Toughie 1877

Toughie No 1877 by Micawber

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Micawber’s in a pretty gentle mood today but his puzzles are always enjoyable.

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Toughie 1873

Toughie No 1873 by Stick Insect

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

We don’t often get new Toughie setters (about one a year on average, I reckon) so a warm welcome to Stick Insect. My investigoogling has turned up little information about our new setter other than that he/she is a compiler for the Listener crossword.… Read More