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Toughie 2318

Toughie No 2318 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A rather good puzzle from Artix, I thought, with plenty of enjoyable twists – though I confess surprise at one of the anagram indicators. 1a and 2d were my last ones in – it took me a while to see the devices being used, very nice!… Continue reading

Toughie 2270

Toughie No 2270 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A lovely puzzle by Artix, full of innovative clueing

Definitions are underlined as usual. The hints are intended to help you untangle the wordplay. You can reveal the answers by clicking on the click here buttons.… Continue reading

Toughie 2238

Toughie No 2238 by Artix

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

How nice it was to get my hands on a real Toughie, not one of those fluffy offerings found in the early part of each week. Too many excellent clues to pick out a favourite

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2198

Toughie No 2198 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An interesting puzzle by Artix with a nice variety of devices. I got the He (12a) before the She (1a), and for some time I was trying to find a suitable partner for him.… Continue reading

Toughie 2111

Toughie No 2111 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I was worried this was going to be very difficult, but I had a full grid within 4* time. I did, however, have to phone a friend to parse two homophones, 26a and 19d, hence the 5* extension.… Continue reading

Toughie 2075

Toughie No 2075 by Artix

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from an overcast and gloomy Warrington (what’s new, you may say!).

I’m standing in for the usual Friday blogger and have been given an Artix puzzle to tackle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2058

Toughie No 2058 by Artix

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

When I blogged Artix’s first Toughie I wrote that I had difficulty getting on the right wavelength. Today I just had difficulty full stop. It took me some time to get going but when I did the right-hand side went fairly quickly with the help of a lot of guesswork.… Continue reading

Toughie 2015

Toughie No 2015 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A good Friday Toughie in which Artix delights us with a pangram. This is Artix’s second Toughie, the first was number 1994 in March this year. I was keeping my eyes open for a Q and J, but I wasn’t really able to use the pangram in my solve.… Continue reading

Toughie 1994

Toughie No 1994 by Artix

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It’s a new setter in Toughieland today and I must admit to having had difficulty getting on the right wavelength. But it all worked out fine in the end and I enjoyed the challenge.… Continue reading