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Toughie 2292

Toughie No 2292 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

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

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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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Toughie 2151

Toughie No 2151 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Many happy returns of the New Year!

Yes, we’ve made it to the new year, which looks rather like the old one so far, but who knows how it will pan out?  I hope 2019 brings all you lovely people exactly what you desire, and comfort where that doesn’t prove possible.

Perhaps our editor has made a resolution that in 2019 Toughies should live up to their name, because for me this one certainly did.  It could be that I’m just jaded after a hot date* last night.  How was it for you?

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Toughie 2136

Toughie No 2136 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everyone.  I hope life is treating you well.  The new week of Toughies kicks off with a Musaeus puzzle, his fourth in this series.  For the most part, things went along in a manner typical of a puzzle at the gentler end of (although on) the Toughie spectrum, but I had a real tussle with a few.  After dithering over the ratings, I split the difference.  Similarly for enjoyment: I found this inventive and a bit different and was really enjoying it, but while staring at the last answers with unhelpful checking letters, my inner grump may have voiced a few things which I won’t publish here!  I’ll concede enough to Miss Grumpitty to mention that four five-letter answers had only two checked letters, and those were all vowels.

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Toughie 2113

Toughie No 2113 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is the first time I’ve had a Musaeus puzzle to blog. His/her first Toughie (2078) was labelled gentle by Bufo and the second (2094) considerably tougher though, in the words of 2Kiwis, “a bit of a grind” – so I wasn’t sure what to expect.… Continue reading

Toughie 2094

Toughie No 2094 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is a very unhelpful grid with its four separate corners and few answers where the first letter is checked. I managed to fill the bottom half in without much difficulty but then needed a long time for the top half (possibly because I’d lost interest by then).… Continue reading