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Toughie 2927

Toughie No 2927 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for another enjoyable and not too tricky puzzle. Most of his trademarks are here but there’s no Queen for understandable reasons and no sweetheart.

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Toughie 2911

Toughie No 2911 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Beam has given us a Toughie which is right at the easier end of his spectrum – thanks to him. The puzzle contains a number of what you might think of as either old chestnuts or well-loved clues.Continue reading

Toughie 2895

Toughie No 2895 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This was definitely at the easier end of Beam’s range and, apart from the absence of anagrams, could well have appeared as a Ray T production. So I hope those many Ray T aficionados who steer clear of Toughies will give this one a go – I think that they’ll enjoy it.Continue reading

Toughie 2879

Toughie No 2879 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s Beam’s turn for the Thursday Toughie this week and he’s given us a fairly gentle one. Thanks to him.

In terms of difficulty this week’s Toughies seem to have been scheduled in reverse order though I’m pretty sure that Elgar will buck the trend tomorrow.… Continue reading

Toughie 2863

Toughie No 2863 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A typical Beam puzzle with some amusing clues – thanks to him. We have the usual succinctness and, appropriately for today, the Queen is present though we have no sweetheart or ‘first letters’ clue.… Continue reading

Toughie 2847

Toughie No 2847 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Beam is being particularly gentle with us today – I got through this one faster than I solved the back-pager. Thanks to him for the enjoyment.

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Toughie 2831

Toughie No 2831 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was on the straightforward side for a Beam Toughie with fewer than usual questions along the lines ‘how on earth does that word mean that?’.… Continue reading

Toughie 2823

Toughie No 2823 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for a pleasing puzzle with a few chuckles along the way. Knowing that there are no anagrams does prevent one going down blind alleys (as I might have done with e.g.… Continue reading

Toughie 2799

Toughie No 2799 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I thought that this was on the easier side for a Beam Toughie but it still required some thought to understand how some of the stretched synonyms worked.… Continue reading

Toughie 2783

Toughie No 2783 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for what I thought was a slightly easier than usual Toughie.

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