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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

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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Toughie 2309

Toughie No 2309 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Most of it went in fairly readily in an average time but I then had to really winkle out the last 3 or 4 answers. Hence the extra star for difficulty. I wasn’t sure while solving it but decided in the end that I had enjoyed it. Continue reading “Toughie 2309”

Toughie 2293

Toughie No 2293 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Yet another Thursday Hudson puzzle and this one was extremely disappointing from the difficulty point of view because all the answers went in very quickly with only 30 across needing any real thought. There seemed to be a lot of single letters used in the wordplay Continue reading “Toughie 2293”

Toughie 2273

Toughie No 2273 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings once more from Jena!

The weather has broken slightly, and we had some rain yesterday, which cleared the air a little. Had a really interesting day in the Bauhaus and New Weimar museums looking at some of the amazing artworks from the period between the wars. Continue reading “Toughie 2273”

Toughie 2241

Toughie No 2241 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

After yesterday’s trials and tribulations it was back to fluffiness today with a puzzle that caused some (but not much) head-scratching.

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Toughie 2220

Toughie No 2220 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I think I’m right in saying that Hudson has always appeared on Thursdays in the past but he’s slumming it today in my bailiwick with this reptilian-themed puzzle.… Continue reading