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Toughie 2459

Toughie No 2459 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This was a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle with a number of chuckle-inducing clues (including one at 10a which I would have expected to find in Private Eye but probably not in the straitlaced Telegraph).

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Toughie 2419

Toughie No 2419 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’ve given this puzzle four stars for difficulty because although I didn’t have any great difficulty in coming up with the right answers I did struggle to understand the full ramifications of a few clues (notably 19a and 27a).… Continue reading

Toughie 2404

Toughie No 2404 by Messinae

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This took me exactly the same time to solve as the inside back-pager and so, for me anyway, that crossword’s 4.5* rating equates to a Toughie rating of 1* for this one.… Continue reading

Toughie 2363

Toughie No 2363 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Although there were a number of clues that I liked there were also a number of niggles for me here so I’ve removed half a star from the enjoyment score.… Continue reading

Toughie 2344

Toughie No 2344 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There are a number of gimmes in this puzzle which make it one of the less ‘tough’ Toughies. I wasn’t greatly enamoured with it during the solving process but my enjoyment grew as I wrote the hints.… Continue reading

Toughie 2324

Toughie No 2324 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Messinae for a pleasant and fairly gentle puzzle. I would have given it two stars for difficulty but my struggle with 5d (see below) earned it an extra half star.… Continue reading

Toughie 2276

Toughie No 2276 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Either Messinae has cranked up his difficulty level or my little grey cells are disappearing faster than I thought. This was a proper Toughie and I enjoyed my joust with it – thanks to Messinae.… Continue reading

Toughie 2260

Toughie No 2260 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This didn’t put up much of a fight and it doesn’t have a great deal in the way of sparkle.
Thanks Messinae – I hope others got more entertainment from the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2244

Toughie No 2244 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This is a relatively gentle Toughie with a few literary allusions. I enjoyed it. Thanks to Messinae.

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Toughie 2228

Toughie No 2228 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s a theme to this enjoyable puzzle from Messinae (with the actual theme words appearing twice in the grid). Thanks to him.

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