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Toughie 182

Toughie No 182 by Giovanni

Payback Time!

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

Last time up we gave Giovanni only two stars for difficulty and the time before that it was three. Well, today it is payback!  A true Toughie, which gives that real sense of achievement when you have filled in the final square.

Today it is Tilsit’s turn to suffer hardware problems.  Unfortunately, his email to me got lost in the ether for nearly 4 hours, so my apologies for the lateness of the review.  I think you will agree that this puzzle was worth the wait.

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Toughie 169

Toughie No 169 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

We’re having an easy week (so far) with the Toughies. This one is not quite as easy as yesterday’s but is still pretty straightforward, and it offers some entertaining clues.

As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – select the white space if you want to reveal them.
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Toughie 158

Toughie No 158 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Quite a tough puzzle today from Giovanni, but still very enjoyable.  Some nice clues to draw you into the puzzle, and then some mind-stretchers to make you think.  No really unusual words but good fair cluing providing a good challenge.  As usual, all the clues have excellent surface readings and if you aspire to be a setter, studying these will no doubt help you.

Thanks to Giovanni for a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.

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Toughie 144

Toughie No 144 by Giovanni

Another great puzzle from Giovanni!

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

When I see that Giovanni is the setter, I know I am in for a difficult but thoroughly enjoyable puzzle.  Today is no exception, even allowing for the fact that this interestingly shaped grid is more-or-less four puzzles in one.  There were a handful of easier clues – just as well or you might never get started – but nothing so difficult that, even if you didn’t know the answer, you couldn’t work it out from the wordplay.

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Toughie No 136

Toughie No 136 by Giovanni

An enjoyable puzzle, in spite of the Geography lesson!

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

Here we have a Toughie from our regular Friday setter.  Tougher than the daily cryptics, with one or two words you may have to look up, but very enjoyable.  But the French department will cause a lot of head scratching.

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Toughie No 118

Toughie No 118 by Giovanni

Relatively easy despite some long answers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I made steady progress through this puzzle, and the one long word was soon revealed by the checking letters (together with Chamber’s online); this could have been a little difficult look up if you were doing this on the 7.55 to 3 down!

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Toughie No 105

Toughie No 105 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is my first attempt at doing a write-up for a Toughie and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s got some challenging clues, as well as some easy ones, and doesn’t have too many obscure words.

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Toughie No 98

Toughie No 98 by Giovanni

Another enjoyable puzzle

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

A better day on CluedUp, so these are a lot earlier than has been the norm recently.  When I first looked at the puzzle I wondered just where I was going to start, then one or two easier clues came to light and it all fell into place.  As usual, there are several clues where you need to find an answer that satisfies one part of the wordplay and rack your brains to find how on earth it fits the other – 10 across being a good example.  There are a few words which are not in the average vocabulary, but the wordplay points you in the right direction.

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Toughie No 88

Toughie No 88 by Giovanni

A nice easy one to start the week

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BD Rating –  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

A few across clues to get you going – I’ll add some of the down clues later

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