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Toughie 2675

Toughie No 2675 by Giovanni

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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

Toughie 2651

Toughie No 2651 by Giovanni

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It always puts a damper on my solving enjoyment if I have to spend more time looking up things than in actually sorting out the wordplay. I’m afraid that the ‘toughness’ here came almost entirely from the obscurity of some of the answers.… Continue reading

Toughie 2610

Toughie No 2610 by Giovanni

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When I first accessed this from the Puzzles site early this morning clue 27a was repeated as 27d which caused a problem with the grid. That was soon corrected however.

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Toughie 2594

Toughie No 2594 by Giovanni

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I thought that this was a proper midweek Toughie which I enjoyed. Thanks to Giovanni.

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Toughie 2578

Toughie No 2578 by Giovanni

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The run of gentle Wednesday Toughies has been brought to an end by this one requiring quite a lot of looking up – my copy of the BRB, already tatty, is now in danger of falling to pieces.… Continue reading

Toughie 2559

Toughie No 2559 by Giovanni

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Even though Giovanni has given us a couple of terms from his book of obscurities they are very fairly clued and there’s not an Old Testament character in sight.… Continue reading

Toughie 2535

Toughie No 2535 by Giovanni

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Giovanni has given us what I found to be a fairly tricky puzzle, though that may be because I was up half the night following the US shenanigans – doesn’t the way our elections are run seem a model of efficiency by comparison?… Continue reading

Toughie 2515

Toughie No 2515 by Giovanni

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It was all going so well with very little in the way of obscurities until I reached the SE corner where 24d (for the meaning) and 28a (for the parsing) caused a bit of difficulty and made me increase the difficulty rating by half a star.… Continue reading