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Toughie 1678

Toughie No 1678 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A gentle and unexciting solve. My only question mark concerns the parsing of 1 across.

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Across

7a    AC/DC power in a CV (7)
BIODATA: ‘AC/DC (as a sexual orientation) + a hypothetical force once thought to be responsible for many natural phenomena + ‘in’ + A.… Read More

Toughie 1657

Toughie No 1657 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

It’s turning out to be a funny old week in Toughieland – yesterday we had what I thought was the trickiest Tuesday puzzle for ages and today we have what, for me, was not far off a walk in the park (though I appreciate that the 1a phrase may cause some problems for non-cricket fans).… Read More

Toughie 1614

Toughie No 1614 by MynoT

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I struggled a bit towards the end of this. I had to wait till I had all the checking letters before hazarding a guess at 6 down and 23 down and I thought it was a little unfair that there is no wordplay for these answers to confirm the guesses.… Read More

Toughie 1594

Toughie No 1594 by Mynot

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Continuing Gazza’s horse-riding analogy, I did the bottom half at a gallop and the top half at a canter. None of the obscurities caused me problems and my only doubt was the spelling of 9 across.… Read More

Toughie 1549

Toughie No 1549 by MynoT

Strictly for the Birds

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A few years ago MynoT embarked on a series of Toughies where all the answers contained one specific letter of the alphabet. He ran out of steam somewhere around M or N (so we couldn’t find out how he was going to deal with Q) for which most of us were grateful at the time as it was getting a bit predictable.… Read More

Toughie 1528

Toughie No 1528 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a last minute stand-in for Toro, who is struggling with a number of deadlines and I am now looking forward to the beer he owes me.… Read More

Toughie 1509

Toughie No 1509 by MynoT

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

MynoT appears  in the Tuesday Toughie slot this week – I would imagine comments today will depend on whether you prefer more toughness  than chestnuts in your crossword in the middle of the paper, or whether you are fairly new to Toughies and are delighted to complete one without resorting to the hints.  … Read More

Toughie 1489

Toughie No 1489 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Toro

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

MynoT makes a rare but most welcome Tuesday appearance with a satisfying puzzle that tested and expanded my vocabulary.

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Toughie 1466

Toughie No 1466 by MynoT

A Prial of Queens

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is the first MynoT puzzle that I’ve blogged for almost exactly two years (since Toughie 1051) – for some reason he’s been avoiding Wednesdays. Around the grid we have references to three of the Queens who have sat on the English/British throne, but strangely there’s no mention of the current one – perhaps MynoT intended to have her on the right-hand side but couldn’t make it work.… Read More

Toughie 1445

Toughie No 1445 by MynoT

That cat’s in the wrong envelope again!

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

Apart from one clue requiring head-scratching to work out the parsing (which is reflected in the extra half a star Toughie difficulty rating), I found this a straightforward “Toughie” even for a Tuesday.  … Read More