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Toughie 2430

Toughie No 2430 by Dada

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

I found this to be an excellent Toughie with the only obscurity for me being the biochemical compound, which was easily derived from the wordplay and rang a bell in the back of my mind when I had solved it.

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Toughie 2414

Toughie No 2414 by Dada

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

I enjoyed the challenge so much that I have given this puzzle a rare (for me) enjoyment rating of five stars. 11a was new to me, but derivable from the wordplay and the checking letters. Continue reading “Toughie 2414”

Toughie 2398

Toughie No 2398 by Dada

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

For the first time in ages, I have failed to parse one of today’s clues. The definition of 16d was reasonably easy, but the wordplay has eluded me. Continue reading “Toughie 2398”

Toughie 2370

Toughie No 2370 by Dada

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

Yet another Tuesday Toughie that could not be described as fluffy! I enjoyed this puzzle, and found it to be very fair – I even forgave the slightly dubious definition, “nutritionally, something for youth, it’s said“, of 28 across. Continue reading “Toughie 2370”

Toughie 2355

Toughie No 2355 by Dada

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

I made slow progress getting into this puzzle, although on looking back it is difficult to see why. It is certainly not one of the usual fluffy Tuesday Toughies. Continue reading “Toughie 2355”

Toughie 2335

Toughie No 2335 by Dada

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Dada occupies the Tuesday Toughie slot this week with a fairly easy puzzle. I did have to look up the flowers in 13 Across, but the wordplay led straightforwardly to the answer. Continue reading “Toughie 2335”

Toughie 2295

Toughie No 2295 by Dada

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

The days of Fluffy Tuesdays seem to be history. While not the toughest of puzzles, this one was certainly challenging. Continue reading “Toughie 2295”

Toughie 2279

Toughie No 2279 by Dada

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Why do setters use words like river, author etc. as definitions where there are thousands of possible answers? For me this puzzle was spoiled by an excess of General Knowledge, hence the reduction in enjoyment rating from four to two stars. Continue reading “Toughie 2279”