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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.

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

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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Toughie 2208

Toughie No 2208 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable puzzle which is not too soft, not too hard – thanks Messinae.

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Toughie 2134

Toughie No 2134 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I had to check the term for the police in 8 down but otherwise it was all plain sailing

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Toughie 2117

Toughie No 2117 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is a pretty gentle but enjoyable puzzle which shouldn’t take solvers too long, giving them plenty of time to carve their pumpkins. Thanks to Messinae.

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Toughie 2101

Toughie No 2101 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Messinae has given us a fairly gentle but pleasant puzzle today – thanks to him.

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