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Toughie 3215

Toughie No 3215 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Beam has given us a pretty gentle puzzle today with all of his usual trademarks. Thanks to him.

My only hold-up was needing to check one of the reptiles in 25a. Now I know where one of our Toughie setters got his pseudonym from.

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Toughie 3199

Toughie No 3199 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Many thanks to Beam for his usual entertaining, succinct and anagram-less puzzle.

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Toughie 3183

Toughie No 3183 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

With no clue containing more than six words our setter has given us another masterclass in how to write succinct and amusing clues.

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Toughie 3167

Toughie No 3167 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Time after time our setter, either as Beam or in his back-page persona, gives us enjoyable puzzles with very succinct clues. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 3151

Toughie No 3151 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

An enjoyable and amusing puzzle which is fairly gentle and only really differentiated from a Ray T back-pager by the lack of anagrams. Thanks to Beam. Continue reading “Toughie 3151”

Toughie 3135

Toughie No 3135 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***


This is a fairly typical Beam Toughie, though there are no ‘first letters’ clues and the Queen is having day off. Thanks to Beam for the enjoyment – I wonder if he was one of the prominent figures from Britain and France invited to last night’s banquet at Versailles?
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Toughie 3119

Toughie No 3119 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A fairly straightforward Beam puzzle with all his usual trademark features – thanks to him.
I suspect there’s an error in the 12a clue. The answer which the wordplay points to was not accepted by the online puzzles site which wanted a different (though related) game.
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Toughie 3103

Toughie No 3103 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Beam is being pretty gentle with us today – thanks to him.

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Toughie 3087

Toughie No 3087 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

There are some very amusing clues here – many thanks to Beam for the entertainment.

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Toughie 3071

Toughie No 3071 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A typically enjoyable Beam Toughie (though there’s no Queen or sweetheart). Many thanks to him.

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