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Toughie 2291 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2291 by Chalicea

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2275 by Chalicea

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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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2255 by Chalicea

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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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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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Toughie 2179 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2179 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all, and welcome to Toughie corner on a Tuesday which is sunny and bright at time and place of writing.  Whatever the weather where you are, we have a bright and breezy puzzle from Chalicea to warm us up.

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Toughie 2159 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2159 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty * –  Enjoyment ****

 

Welcome everyone.  I like some Tuesday Toughies to be accessible to back page solvers, but can’t pretend that I found this of more than ** back-page difficulty.  Perhaps it was just the effect of concentrating properly on blog day, and I’ll get complaints about rating too low.  We’ll see!

That aside, there were still some nice “aha!” moments and plenty to make me smile, so I’m a happy solver.  I hope you are too. 

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Toughie 2132 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2132 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

A big warm fluffy welcome to you all.  Today’s puzzle in the Toughie slot is one of those I’m happy to recommend to back page solvers.  A couple of unfamiliar words for me didn’t slow down the gridfill or dent the enjoyment.

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Toughie 2104 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2104 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello to you all.  This is Chalicea Toughie number three, which I found a little gentler than the previous ones.  If I didn’t smile quite as much this time round maybe that was just me (I’ve been working on my frown again recently, despite having honed it to near-perfection), or maybe it’s simply that the bar has been set high.  No matter — this is still a Toughie which I thoroughly recommend, especially to the shy.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2088 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2088 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome everyone.  I found this a real step up in difficulty from Chalicea’s Toughie debut, but no less enjoyable.

Definitions are underlined in the clues below and indicators are italicised when quoted in the hints.  You’ll find the answers inside the buttons.  The exclamation mark is not an imperative — click only if you wish to reveal all.… Continue reading >