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Toughie 2488

Toughie No 2488 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

With the temperature in the low 20s (at 8 am) and a refreshing cool breeze, today is a much more 17d day for crossword solving and blogging. Continue reading “Toughie 2488”

Toughie 2440

Toughie No 2440 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

A proper Toughie – not helped by the fact that we have that grid which gives us four separate mini crosswords – this time I found that solving the left-hand side of the crossword was (relatively) more straightforward than the right. Continue reading “Toughie 2440”

Toughie 2416

Toughie No 2416 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Her Majesty may still be self-distancing at Windsor Castle but all the other Beam trademarks are here – no anagrams, a sweetheart, and no clue longer than seven words. Continue reading “Toughie 2416”

Toughie 2400

Toughie 2400 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Beam has set us a proper Toughie crossword, my time taking 2.5* on the Toughie difficulty scale (the extra 0.5 being the time taken to parse a couple of trickier bits of wordplay).… Continue reading

Toughie 2384

Toughie No 2384 by Beam

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

All the trademark references you’d expect were all correctly ‘on parade’ in this Beam crossword which, for me anyway, just crept over the border into Toughie time

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Toughie 2368

Toughie No 2368

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

A typical Ray T puzzle which just crept over the border into Toughie time, I’ve added half a star to the difficulty time to allow for a couple of bits of tricky parsing, not to mention the fact that I did have to do a  bit of dictionary synonym checking while producing the blog. … Continue reading