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Toughie 2574

Toughie No 2574 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Wednesday seems to have become the day for gentle Toughies. This one was enjoyable – thanks to Hudson.

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Toughie 2555

Toughie No 2555 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a fun puzzle which is fairly gentle today. Thanks to Hudson.
I spent longer pondering about 14d than on the rest of the puzzle combined. As far as I can see aparting isn’t a word so I’m assuming a typo.… Continue reading

Toughie 2531

Toughie No 2531 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found this fairly straightforward with little to disturb the thoroughbreds. Thanks to Hudson.

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Toughie 2511

Toughie No 2511 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s a lot of GK in this puzzle but most of it is fairly accessible (though I repeat what I said last week about some clues offering more difficulties for overseas solvers).… Continue reading

Toughie 2487

Toughie No 2487 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a very enjoyable puzzle with lots of laughs – thanks Hudson. There are several UK-specific references involved so I hope that there’s not too much hair-tearing from solvers beyond these shores.… Continue reading

Toughie 2467

Toughie No 2467 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is a fairly gentle but entertaining puzzle with a theme (identified by 24a). Thanks to Hudson.

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Toughie 2435

Toughie No 2435 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s quite a bit of GK in this puzzle but I don’t think any of it is too esoteric. I enjoyed unravelling it all. Thanks to Hudson for the entertainment.… Continue reading

Toughie 2415

Toughie No 2415 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I hope that you are all keeping safe in these increasingly scary times.

Hudson has given us a very entertaining puzzle which I enjoyed a lot. However, those solvers who have little knowledge of football and/or Hollywood actors may struggle with a few clues.… Continue reading

Toughie 2399

Toughie No 2399 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Nothing too tricky today and a few amusing clues. Thanks to Hudson.

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Across Clues

1a Foreman first to resign following blunder (6)
GAFFER: an old chestnut to start – append the first letter of ‘resign’ to a blunder.
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Toughie 2379

Toughie No 2379 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I found this one surprisingly gentle for a Hudson puzzle but very enjoyable. I thought at one stage that we were getting a mini-theme on types of verse but I don’t suppose that two is sufficient even for the most minuscule theme.… Continue reading