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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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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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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