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Toughie 2374

Toughie No 2374 by Chalicea

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another super puzzle from Chalicea. The answers to one or two clues needed to be teased out, but most were straightforward. Continue reading “Toughie 2374”

Toughie 2343

Toughie No 2343 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Chalicea has settled into the “easier” Tuesday Toughie slot. Why puzzles like this don’t appear on Saturday’s back page is beyond me. Continue reading “Toughie 2343”

Toughie 2327

Toughie No 2327 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I always look forward to Chalicea’s puzzles, and this one didn’t disappoint. Where there are lesser=used words or definitions they are limited to one per clue, which is how it shoud be. The only one in today’s puzzle that was new to me was the monkey in 26 Across. Continue reading “Toughie 2327”

Toughie 2291

Toughie No 2291 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I always look forward to solving a Chalicea puzzle, and this one is excellent. The last one parsed was 5d and the last one solved was the superb 15a, which makes it my favourite with the mental picture conjured up by 10a taking the runner-up podium. Continue reading “Toughie 2291”

Toughie 2275

Toughie No 2275 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Having thought I would be solving a Dada puzzle I find that it is actually one from Chalicea. The Telegraph website showed the wrong setter, apparently Dada will be next Tuesday. For me, this is a win-win situation! Continue reading “Toughie 2275”

Toughie 2255

Toughie No 2255 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Positive proof, as if it was needed, that light and fluffy can be enjoyable! Watch out soon for a special “Fluffy” NTSPP from this setter. Continue reading “Toughie 2255”

Toughie 2239

Toughie No 2239 by Chalicea

Warm and Fluffy!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I had an email from today’s setter concerning my comment last Friday about “those fluffy offerings found in the early part of each week”. Apparently, our editor thinks that less able solvers should have some puzzles that they can tackle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2219

Toughie No 2219 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi everyone.  Today is a Chalicea Tuesday — yay!  I found it of a normal difficulty level for the day and the setter.  I’m not quite sure which way is up at the moment so I’ve left the enjoyment rating untouched, but please shout at me if you think it should be higher!

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