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Toughie 2263

Toughie No 2263 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable but not overtaxing puzzle in which, for me, no particular clue stands out. Continue reading “Toughie 2263”

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Toughie 2199

Toughie No 2199 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello everyone.  I found this MynoT offering pleasant and easy-going: most went in like a dream, but I had a complete mental block at 2d, despite generous checking letters.

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Toughie 2167

Toughie No 2167 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello all.  I thought today’s Toughie a little trickier than the usual Tuesday, but that could well be down to being tired after a week of fun in London and having to get up at silly o’clock this morning.

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Toughie 2140

Toughie No 2140 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all, and a happy Tuesday to you.  When 1a went straight in, followed by almost all of the crossing downs, I feared this might not mount much of a challenge.  However, things slowed down towards the SW and I took a usual Tuesday Toughie kind of time in the end, and enjoyed myself along the way.

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Toughie 2100

Toughie No 2100 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everyone.  I didn’t find this puzzle quite as straightforward as I feared when 1a went straight in: there were quite a few anagrams to slow me down.  (I am this at anagrams.)

Definitions are underlined in the clues below and indicators are italicised when quoted in the hints.  You’ll find the answers inside the buttons.  The exclamation mark is not an imperative — click only if you wish to reveal all.… Continue reading

Toughie 2052

Toughie No 2052 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Warm hellos to you all, and welcome to the start of another week of Toughies.  I found this very gentle with some nice touches.

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Toughie 2024

Toughie No 2024 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Sup.  I found this puzzle light but fun for the most part before coming to a crashing halt at 19 and 20d, whereupon an asterisk hopped westwards over the line in my pencilled-in rating.… Continue reading

Toughie 2004

Toughie No 2004 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everyone.  I found today’s Toughie very smooth-going indeed … until I didn’t.  Sorting out the last few clues accounted for a large proportion of my solve.… Continue reading

Toughie 1964

Toughie No 1964 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello to you all as MynoT ushers us into another Toughie week.  A puzzle I found a steady solve until the last few but think that the grid may have added to the difficulty. … Continue reading