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Toughie 2906

Toughie No 2906 by Giovanni

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A typical Giovanni Wednesday-level Toughie Continue reading “Toughie 2906”

Toughie 2882

Toughie No 2882 by Giovanni

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A typical Giovanni Toughie where everything, including the words you possibly didn’t know, was fairly clued Continue reading “Toughie 2882”

Toughie 2855

Toughie No 2855 by Giovanni

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Thanks to Giovanni for today’s pangram containing a generous 32 clues. There’s a pleasing shortage of obscurities here – although the 4d answer was new to me the wordplay was clear.… Continue reading

Toughie 2835

Toughie No 2835 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Is Giovanni mellowing (or was this puzzle originally intended for the back page)? There are quite a few gimmes here and although he includes his usual ration of religious terms there’s nothing that was new to me – that’s a first for a Giovanni Toughie.… Continue reading

Toughie 2815

Toughie No 2815 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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It wouldn’t be a Giovanni Toughie without a number of obscurities which, as usual, had me burrowing in my reference books. It’s not my preferred way of solving but Giovanni is unlikely to change his ways so we have to put up with it.… Continue reading

Toughie 2795

Toughie No 2795 by Giovanni

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It wouldn’t be a Giovanni Toughie without a few obscurities – I didn’t know either the sages, the poor conductor or the shrub. Thanks to Giovanni for the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2771

Toughie No 2771 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Giovanni is in benevolent mood today and although I didn’t know the 21a plant name it could be established once the checkers were in place.

Thanks to Giovanni and Season’s Greetings to him, to all other setters, to our bloggers and all who comment here.… Continue reading

Toughie 2723

Toughie No 2723 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I do find Giovanni’s puzzles more enjoyable when, as is the case today, he eschews his religious obscurities. Thanks to him.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2675

Toughie No 2675 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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As usual with Giovanni the ‘toughness’ in this pangram comes neither from the wordplay (which is all pretty clear) nor from deceptive definitions but from the obscurities. I’d never heard of the 15a clams, the 29a wax or the 14d fabric – luckily for me the brilliant Mrs Bradford had heard of them all.… Continue reading