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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

Toughie 2078

Toughie No 2078 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A new Toughie setter today. Mr Google tells me that Musaeus is a genus of spiders so is there a clue there to the identity of the setter?… Continue reading