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Toughie 2522

Toughie No 2522

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very sunny Barrel. Today’s Puzzle by Gila is a perfect Tuesday Toughie. Plenty of starter clues to give a foothold and checkers to work with and then the pesky few at the end sitting there poking fun at you until something clicks and the penny drops. Continue reading “Toughie 2522”

Toughie 2494

Toughie No 2494 by Gila

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty**Enjoyment ****

Hi everyone.

Nice to be back on Toughie duty, even if it’s at the gentler end of the scale. Our puzzle today is set by young Gila who has quickly learned how to turn out friendly accessible and enjoyable puzzles.… Continue reading

Toughie 2451

Toughie No 2451 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There are twelve 4-letter and four three-letter answers in this puzzle. We often refer to such as ‘pesky’ but only one gave me any real problems – 8a where the A?E?… Continue reading

Toughie 2431

Toughie No 2431 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Gila for a pleasant puzzle which was enjoyable but not too tough.

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Toughie 2403

Toughie No 2403 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A pleasant puzzle which is not too tough. Thanks to Gila.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.

Across Clues

1a Food set out on plate (7)
POLENTA: an anagram (set out) of ON PLATE.
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Toughie 2387

Toughie No 2387 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

I’m not sure what to make of this puzzle as a ‘Toughie’. 4-letter answers usually cause some problems and may even be labelled as ‘pesky’ but there are no less than twelve of them here and all twelve went in with no delays and could easily have appeared in a back-pager.… Continue reading

Toughie 2371

Toughie No 2371 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gila has given us a fairly straightforward puzzle today with some solid clues but nothing to really set the pulses racing. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 2356

Toughie No 2356 by Gila

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Apologies for the late appearance of this review.  This was due to visitors and a long lunch chez BD.


Most of it went in with litte difficulty though I did have to work on the last 2 or 3 answers and the words that were new to me. Continue reading “Toughie 2356”

Toughie 2336

Toughie No 2336 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is the first Gila puzzle that I’ve had the pleasure of blogging. Thanks to our setter.

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