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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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Toughie 2070

Toughie No 2070 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I never seemed to get on a roll today and ended up taking more time that perhaps I should have done. But it was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice touches with several clues in which the whole clue helped provide the definition

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Toughie 2041

Toughie No 2041 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Messinae is in uncharacteristically gentle mode today and this one didn’t pose too much of a challenge. Usually I jump all over the place filling in answers as and when I find them but today I was able to start at the top and proceed in a stately manner to the bottom, only held up by having to verify that ‘gin’ in 10a can be a verb and that the fuel in 20a actually exists.… Continue reading

Toughie 1958

Toughie No 1958 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle which was not too hard and not too easy. The main problems came in the NE corner where some of the wordplay needed thinking about

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Toughie 1921

Toughie No 1921 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a pleasant puzzle but there are rather a lot of references to UK TV programmes which may make it tricky for some of our overseas correspondents.… Continue reading

Toughie 1869

Toughie No 1869 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Messinae for a pleasant puzzle with a mini-theme. We could perhaps have done with a bit more variety in the types of clue since nearly half of them involved a container/insertion type construct.… Continue reading

Toughie 1834

Toughie No 1834 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A very enjoyable puzzle with a nice level of difficulty in that there were very few gimmes and yet nothing that caused a major hold-up. Just what was needed for a hot Thursday morning

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Toughie 1764

Toughie 1764 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome, friends.  Tuesday has come again, and so so have I.  I found the NE corner no trouble, but had to beaver away a bit, especially in the south, to get some of the rest. … Continue reading

Toughie 1740

Toughie 1740 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello you.  Welcome to the Toughie corner of Big Dave’s crossword blog.  I hope you will like it here.

I don’t know if it was just me but I found this much tougher that I expected from Messinae. … Continue reading