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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.

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

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

Toughie 2364

Toughie No 2364 by Hudson

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

An enjoyable Toughie – I added an extra half a star for difficulty for the time it took me to parse a couple of the clues. Continue reading “Toughie 2364”

Toughie 2348

Toughie No 2348 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s nothing too demanding here with the main hold-ups being down to a few bits of GK (in 1a and 5d in my case). There are some innovative insert/contain indicators in use in the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2329

Toughie 2329 by Hudson

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought this Hudson Toughie about the right difficulty level for a Thursday, even if it did leave me more than a bit peckish.

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