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Toughie 2155

Toughie No 2155 by Busman

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Welcome aboard everybody.  Today’s ride with the Busman was a fairly smooth one, my only real delays being in dim-wittedly failing to spot an obvious enough anagram and in having trouble piecing an unknown answer together from wordplay.  I enjoyed it but can’t pick a favourite.  Did/can you?

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Toughie 2032

Toughie No 2032 by Busman

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello and welcome to Hinterland’s 2032 Toughie service from Clues to Answers via Parsings.  Your setter today is Busman and your hinter is Kitty.

Tickets are free, but if you would like to leave a donation of a comment then that would be most welcome – without you all this would be nothing but an empty shell of metal and paint. … Continue reading

Toughie 1957

Toughie No 1957 by Busman

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s almost a year since we last had a Busman Toughie. As usual he’s pretty gentle with us (although there may be some complaints about the specialist knowledge required at 9a) and this pleasant puzzle could well have appeared on the back page.… Continue reading

Toughie 1760

Toughie No 1760 by Busman

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

On this special day Kitty is canoodling on the other side, so I’m filling in here. We have a very pleasant crossword offering brandy and more than one port.… Continue reading

Toughie 1708

Toughie 1708 by Busman

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

In a terrifying and bewildering world, the humble 15 by 15 grid is a civilised place to which we can escape and have fun.  A veritable rock.  A rock that is contained in a paper which may be removed with scissors. … Continue reading

Toughie 1660

Toughie 1660 by Busman

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

It must be autumn (despite the sweltering heat) because the mahoosive house spiders have invaded.  I removed three from chez Kitty just last night and one a couple of days ago. … Continue reading

Toughie 1616

Toughie 1616 by Busman

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello everybody.  I do hope today finds you well and happy.  Busman eases us into the Toughie week with an anagram-rich puzzle (I have typed the A-word nine times below). … Continue reading

Toughie 1578

Toughie No 1578 by Busman

Not quite half-a-star difficulty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I gave the last Busman puzzle half-a-star for difficulty. This one was a little more challenging although I had solved all but 5 clues on the first read-through. The last answer in was 27 across where the incorrect enumeration had me fooled for a time.… Continue reading

Toughie 1532

Toughie No 1532 by Busman

Hints and tips by Toro

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

My first encounter with Busman. I found it fresh and fun, if very much at the easy end of the Toughie spectrum — the second star for difficulty being due as much as anything to the fact that I was busy eating a fried breakfast while solving.

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Toughie 1479

Toughie No 1479 by Busman

Is the blog really necessary today?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ½*Enjoyment *

I like a Toughie that gives the brain a good work out during the time it takes me to consume at least one (and preferably more than one) cup of coffee.… Continue reading