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Toughie 2538

Toughie No 2538 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A suitable Tuesday Toughie to start the solving week. The toughness comes from the subtlety of the clueing not the obscurity or rarity value of the words used. What more can be said. Continue reading “Toughie 2538”

Toughie 2518

Toughie No 2518 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this Donnybrook Toughie, all the more so after writing the review. Standout favourite has to be penny-drop moment when 24a fell into place and I realised it had nothing to do with cricket! Continue reading “Toughie 2518”

Toughie 2506

Toughie No 2506 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Olivia De Havilland

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from Saint Sharon’s sanatorium here in Barrel where I am suffering the cold both of my grandsons had when we met up for a day out on The Oxford Canal on Sunday. Our first day out together since Lockdown. Continue reading “Toughie 2506”

Toughie 2458

Toughie No 2458 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Violet Elizabeth Bott

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

Good afternoon from the heart of rural Warwickshire where life in lockdown is pure bliss and great practice for our forthcoming retirement. Continue reading “Toughie 2458”

Toughie 2442

Toughie No 2442 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Tattycoram

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from the very still heart of Downtown L I where great excitement has been enjoyed as a Cuckoo has been heard singing his song in the osier beds. The first in many years. Todays Toughie is not too tough although a couple of parsings held me up. Continue reading “Toughie 2442”

Toughie 2434

Toughie No 2434 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Reynard The Fox

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Afternoon which is just about when our paperboy/man turns up. This is just how I like a Tuesday Toughie. Tough enough to make me think but doable after a little bit of thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2422

Toughie No 2422 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle required a fair degree of General Knowledge, but the composer was the only one I had not encountered before. Although this was my last one, in retrospect the wordplay was very straightforward.… Continue reading