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Toughie 2325

Toughie No 2325 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I made little headway with the down clues but really got going on the across ones. After that it was a steady solve. I enjoyed this puzzle which was a typical Beam one with all his usual features. Continue reading “Toughie 2325”

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Toughie 2301

Toughie No 2301 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It’s a Beam day so the Kiwis can get busy with their word counter, Gazza can put his anagram counter away until tomorrow and everyone can watch out for the usual couple of lurkers. I had a slow start, then accelerated to fill the top half, and finally completed the bottom half at a leisurely pace. It was enjoyable as Beam puzzles usually are. Continue reading “Toughie 2301”

Toughie 2285

Toughie No 2285 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Today Beam becomes the latest setter to reach a century of Toughies and I seem to have blogged more than my fair share of them. Not that I mind because I always enjoy them and today’s was no exception. Mind you I think I was not quite with it today because I made far harder work of this Beam puzzle than I usually do. But I got there in the end though some of the parsing needed winkling out. Continue reading “Toughie 2285”

Toughie 2269

Toughie No 2269 by Beam
A Prime Number For A Prime Puzzle
Hints and tips by Shaft

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

Some years ago I spent about three weeks struggling through a Beam Toughie ending up with one unsolved clue of four letters with two checkers. I puzzled over that clue several times a day for many weeks. In desperation I typed the clue into Google and found Big Dave’s Crossword Blog. I would never have thought that one day I would write the hints for a Beam toughie. Well that day has arrived and it is thanks to Big Dave and his team of bloggers that I can sit here confidently writing these hints and tips. Continue reading “Toughie 2269”

Toughie 2253

Toughie No 2253 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

There’s always a danger with this kind of grid that there will one corner that you have difficulty getting into. With me today it was the NW corner which is hard to understand because there are a couple of gimmes that I ought to have spotted instantly.… Continue reading

Toughie 2237

Toughie No 2237 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was bang on the wavelength and stormed through this until there were only 2 or 3 remaining. Then I stalled. I managed to fill in words that fitted but then had trouble justifying a couple of them (7 across and 6 down).… Continue reading

Toughie 2221

Toughie No 2221 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A typically Beamish puzzle – enjoyable but not too taxing. I’m sorry the blog’s a bit late but I’m having yet another non-routine Thursday

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Toughie 2205

Toughie No 2205 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was so busy this morning picking my losers for Aintree that I clean forgot that I was on blogging duty. By the time I realised I was left with little time before the deadline so I was thankful that the puzzle was not a stinker (even though it is by Beam and not the expected Kcit).… Continue reading

Toughie 2189

Toughie No 2189 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Beam is back with his trademark short anagram-free clues and one-word answers. As usual it was enjoyable and not too difficult and as usual I had to stop and persuade myself that some of the definitions were strictly accurate.… Continue reading

Toughie 2173

Toughie No 2173 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I never really warmed to the task today and so made heavy weather of this puzzle. The four minipuzzles were done in the order NW, SW (except for 18 across), NE, and SE.… Continue reading