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Toughie 2931

Toughie No 2931 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Kcit for an entertaining puzzle containing two first-rate all-in-one clues for which I’ve awarded an additional half-star for enjoyment. There is a Nina for which you need to arrange the four three-letter answers in a specific order.Continue reading

Toughie 2903

Toughie No 2903 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Kcit has provided today’s Toughie and he’s included lots of reversals. I spent as long trying to parse 2d as I did on the rest of the puzzle and I still can’t crack it so if you can do please let me know the secret and stop me puzzling about it in this hot weather.Continue reading

Toughie 2851

Toughie No 2851 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s Toughie. I did notice when writing the hints that the wordplay involves a great deal of deleting first and last letters.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading

EV 1537 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1537 (Hints)

Additive by Kcit

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Kcit needs no introduction for EV solvers. Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that he has been setting them since 1993. This will be his 69th.

Preamble: When the initial grid is complete, the bottom row will be blank, and the central across entry will contain four blank cells (skipped by down entries), adjacent to four components.Continue reading

Toughie 2803

Toughie No 2803 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Even taking into consideration the fact that I solved this whilst watching the curling from Beijing I didn’t think this had much in the way of sparkle. Thanks to Kcit.… Continue reading

Toughie 2755

Toughie No 2755 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Kcit has given us a fairly gentle Toughie today with a minimal number of anagrams (it actually took me slightly less time than the Ray T back-pager). I thought it slightly odd that the crossing answers 10a and 4d use variations of the same word.… Continue reading

Toughie 2727

Toughie No 2727 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s Kcit’s turn today – thanks to him.

There’s nothing very obscure here (good) and the wordplay is all very fair but I did find a lot of clues were a bit repetitive with lots of little bits to be assembled and not a lot of laughs.… Continue reading

Toughie 2707

Toughie No 2707 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another gloomy day in North Devon but at least it’s not raining. I thought that this was a fairly tricky midweek Toughie with a few head-scratching moments but no really long hold-ups.… Continue reading

Toughie 2687

Toughie No 2687 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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I made harder work of this than I should have (which I put down to watching the Olympics at the same time as solving). A lot of the clues did seem rather ‘samey’ and 17 out of the 30 clues require us to insert or delete a single letter.… Continue reading