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Toughie 2507

Toughie No 2507 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For the most part I found this fairly straightforward but there are a couple of clues which required a bit more thought. I am conscious that some of the clues (e.g.… Continue reading

Toughie 2479

Toughie No 2479 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I didn’t find it too tricky to get the answers here but had to do some investigoogling to understand all the references. Thanks to Musaeus for the challenge.… Continue reading

Toughie 2455

Toughie No 2455 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Maybe I’m feeling grouchy after months of lockdown but I found this puzzle a bit lacklustre. Please do feel free to disagree. Thanks to Musaeus.

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

Toughie 2395

Toughie No 2395 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Yesterday’s Toughie was generally acknowledged to be pretty easy so how does one rate the difficulty of this one which is even easier?

There are two clues here where the definitions are given as underlined blanks – I don’t like this much, not least because it because it makes the blogger’s job of underlining the definition impossible.… Continue reading

Toughie 2292

Toughie No 2292 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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This is pretty standard fare for a midweek Toughie with nothing to really scare the thoroughbreds.
Thanks to Musaeus.

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

Toughie 2272

Toughie No 2272 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I thought that this was rather a strange puzzle – we have four 5-letter words at the centre, each with only one unchecked letter and we have no less than twelve of those 4-letter words usually referred to as ‘pesky’.… Continue reading

Toughie 2248

Toughie No 2248 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For the most part getting the answers is pretty straightforward here but in a few cases the synonyms required in the wordplay needed a bit of thought and in two clues (9a and 19d) I can’t come up with examples of how the synonyms work in practice so I’ll be grateful for suggestions.… Continue reading

Toughie 2216

Toughie No 2216 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Just like a travelling French rugby team one’s never quite sure which Musaeus will turn up. Today he (or is it she?) has got a gentle hat on and I didn’t have many problems here, although 21d did make me stop and think when I realised that ‘upset’ didn’t work as a reversal indicator.… Continue reading

Toughie 2195

Toughie No 2195 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all.  We have a Musaeus puzzle today, which won’t be news to those in possession of the newspaper, but might be for early online solvers.

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Toughie 2175

Toughie No 2175 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello and welcome one and all.  Musaeus is fairly new to the Toughie series and so far I’ve had rather mixed experiences with his puzzles.  For me this was a return to the Musaeus we saw in his first appearance here: not too hard but very enjoyable.

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