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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”

Toughie 2374

Toughie No 2374 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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”