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Toughie 2964

Toughie No 2964 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sorry, running a bit late. I found this quite hard – I was not totally on wavelength, as they say. I still don’t fully understand 4/17d, suggestions welcome.… Continue reading

Toughie 2915

Toughie No 2915 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Phew – this is a Toughie and no mistake. Many thanks to Artix for the strenuous and enjoyable workout.

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Toughie 2887

Toughie No 2887 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Artix has given us a proper Toughie today and no mistake. There’s a theme with masses of related references in the completed grid (a couple of which only occurred to me when I was writing the blog and there may be others which I missed completely).Continue reading

Toughie 2867

Toughie No 2867 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a proper Toughie with some inventive clueing – thanks to Artix. He sometimes provides us with a Nina but I can’t spot anything today.

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Toughie 2820

Toughie No 2820 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I got 1a then stared for a while. A slightly frustrating solve that involved (for me, anyway) a generous amount of research. However, on writing up the blog, I was able to savour the clues again and there are some very fine ones.… Continue reading

Toughie 2772

Toughie No 2772 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some lovely clues. Took a while to get started though reasonably smooth afterwards. It took me a long time to parse 17d because I couldn’t think of a musical, hope it’s right, thoughts welcome.… Continue reading

Toughie 2699

Toughie No 2699 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is my first blog of an Artix puzzle and a very enjoyable experience it was. There’s a fair bit of GK here and it helps if, like me, you are a) fairly old and b) interested in sport.… Continue reading

Toughie 2644

Toughie No 2644 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This felt different and fresh. Lovely clues giving us a pangram, and I’m happy the Z was a checker!

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