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Toughie 2569

Toughie No 2569 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

Good morning from locked down Barrel where life is similar to the unrestricted Barrel. Not a lot going on around here. It’s sharp and sunny though which is better than grey and dreary.… Continue reading

Toughie 2554

Toughie No 2554 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

A full house of thirty-two clues written by Chalicea greeted me when I made it to the Toughie page this morning. That’s enough to spark a smile for me. The smiles continued throughout the solve nothing onerous today. Just a lot of gentle fun. Continue reading “Toughie 2554”

Toughie 2534

Toughie No 2534 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

As usual Chalicea had me reaching for my trusty Chambers to confirm the musical abbreviation, the bone marrow, the measuring instruments, the pugilism, and the subgroups, but all were easily derived from their respective clues and only the bone marrow was a totally new word. Continue reading “Toughie 2534”

Toughie 2514

Toughie No 2514 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A lovely offering from Chalicea today with a number of delicious clues, Solved and blogged quickly as I have a busy day ahead. A very suitable Tuesday Toughie. Continue reading “Toughie 2514”

Toughie 2498

Toughie No 2498 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Bill Brewer

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BD’s Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Chalicea kicks off the Toughie week with a Floughie Toughie that should wet the whistles of those making early ventures into Toughieland. A couple of passes should give enough checking letters to suggest obvious answers for reverse parsing. A full grid is what you are after. How you achieve this is up to you. Continue reading “Toughie 2498”

Toughie 2478

Toughie No 2478 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It’s been a busy morning, including a trip to the doctor for a blood test (an annual one that was due last April!). The usual enjoyment from Chalicea, with a mix of the very easy and the slightly more difficult. Continue reading “Toughie 2478”

Toughie 2462

Toughie No 2462 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

The first part of 5 Across and the definition of 28 Across were new to me, but both were both derivable from the clue. Continue reading “Toughie 2462”

Toughie 2446

Toughie No 2446 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I made steady progress with this puzzle, hence the *** rating.  Once again a very enjoyable puzzle in which I particularly liked the image created by 4 Down. Continue reading “Toughie 2446”

Toughie 2426

Toughie No 2426 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by A Queasy Queequeg

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Today we have a superbly accessible but just tough enough Toughie from Chalicea. There is a lot of fun to be had here but the number of reversals in this puzzle have left Queequeg feeling quite queasy.  Continue reading “Toughie 2426”

Toughie 2410

Toughie No 2410 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Man with No Name

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Morning. The sun is shining here in Downtown L I. It is still deathly silent so we can hear the mice in the attic going about their business (Not for much longer they won’t be) Our twelve rehomed hens are becoming more normal as each day passes. When we first released them into their five-star luxury coop they stood stock still not knowing how to be chickens. What a difference freedom makes. What a friendly bunch they are. Continue reading “Toughie 2410”