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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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Toughie 2767

Toughie No 2767 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As usual with Beam there were a couple of synonyms that required a bit of thought but I found this very much at the easier end of his spectrum.… Continue reading

Toughie 2751

Toughie No 2751 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Beam has given us a puzzle where every clue contains something chess-related. He also references Beth Harmon the fictional heroine of the film The Queen’s Gambit, which I’m looking forward to seeing.… Continue reading

Toughie 2735

Toughie No 2735 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We know what to expect from a Beam puzzle and it’s all here today including a bit of innuendo. Thanks to him.

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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