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Toughie 2935

Toughie No 2935 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is just the sort of Toughie I like with the toughness coming from clever wordplay and deceptive definitions rather than obscurities. Many thanks to the prolific proXimal.Continue reading

Toughie 2934

Toughie No 2934 by Giovanni

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A fairly typical mid-week Toughie from Giovanni. There are quite a few anagrams to get you started and the words you may not have heard of were all fairly clued. Continue reading “Toughie 2934”

Toughie 2933

Toughie No 2933 by Dada

Hints and tips by StephenL

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

Hello everyone from South Devon.

It’s always nice to see Dada’s name atop a puzzle. I don’t know whether being tired affected my solve but I found this a tad tricky but as ever with this setter a lot of fun. Insertions seemed to be the order of the day! Continue reading “Toughie 2933”

Toughie 2932

Toughie No 2932 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Brrr, getting cold and raining. Poor dogs are shivering too, they had a haircut yesterday. Now that they can see, they are being silly and leaping around all over the place, just the distraction you need when blogging.… Continue reading

Toughie 2931

Toughie No 2931 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Kcit for an entertaining puzzle containing two first-rate all-in-one clues for which I’ve awarded an additional half-star for enjoyment. There is a Nina for which you need to arrange the four three-letter answers in a specific order.Continue reading

Toughie 2929

Toughie No 2929 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by StephenL

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

Hello everyone from a blue skies but slightly Autumnal South Devon. Chalicea kicks of the Toughie week with an enjoyable puzzle that, as expected from this setter, was relatively gentle but good fun

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Toughie 2928

Toughie No 2928 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

As usual with Elgar, an extremely satisfying solve with lots of amazing clues,  though a slow start, a slow middle and a slow finish. Several clues parsed after completion – some while writing up the blog, which often happens with me.… Continue reading

Toughie 2927

Toughie No 2927 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for another enjoyable and not too tricky puzzle. Most of his trademarks are here but there’s no Queen for understandable reasons and no sweetheart.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it..… Continue reading