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Toughie 2711

Toughie No 2711 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

You know what to expect from Beam and this one was probably less tricky than we sometimes get from him with the synonyms not quite as stretched as usual.… Continue reading

Toughie 2695

Toughie No 2695 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for an enjoyable puzzle with all his usual trademarks except a ‘first letters’ clue. I completed the four mini-puzzles in the order NW, SE, SW and NE.… Continue reading

Toughie 2679

Toughie No 2679 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today we have a Beam puzzle with all his usual characteristics, except for a ‘no show’ by Her Majesty. I found it a bit less tricky with fewer debatable synonyms than we normally get from him.… Continue reading

Toughie 2663

Toughie No 2663 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

You know what to expect from Beam – a puzzle where the main difficulty comes from reconciling some of the stretched synonyms. I thought that this was on the gentle side for him although I was held up trying to parse the original 16d clue (in which there is an error and for which a replacement clue has been provided online).… Continue reading

Toughie 2631

Toughie No 2631 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s been a long time since I blogged a Ray T or Beam puzzle (in the old days I used to blog a Ray T puzzle every other Tuesday when he alternated with Shamus) and it’s a pleasure to meet him again in his Beam guise.… Continue reading

Toughie 2615

Toughie No 2615 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Another typical Beam – although it is only just a – Toughie – the extra half a difficulty star was added because of the time I spent confirming synonyms and listening to the repetition radar

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

Toughie 2583

Toughie No 2583 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This crossword would have fitted very nicely on the back page of a Thursday edition of the Daily Telegraph, so, for me anyway, it doesn’t quite make it onto the Toughie spectrum. Continue reading “Toughie 2583”