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Toughie 2409

Toughie No 2409 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Did you notice? I didn’t see it coming, which I think makes it all the more clever of Osmosis. A superb grid fill, with two symmetrically-placed names, using reasonably normal words and avoiding words like SYZYGY.… Continue reading

Toughie 2377

Toughie No 2377 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Dutch is away this week but should be back next Friday.

There are various ways of setting a Toughie – Elgar-like fiendishness, the use of obscure words à la Giovanni and the sheer elegance of Notabilis, to name but three. Then there is a mix of Lego-type meaningless clues which is what we have today. For most of the clues the surface reading is pure gobbledegook, which leads to a difficult-to-solve puzzle that lacks any sense of satisfaction. Continue reading “Toughie 2377”

Toughie 2354

Toughie No 2354 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Osmosis gives us yet another pangram (of course), but today’s puzzle has an additional gimmick which helped me a lot with the solve. I did need to look at the big red book occasionally.… Continue reading

Toughie 2334

Toughie No 2334 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Devious, clever and fun! A precise set of cryptic clues from Osmosis which require careful inspection, providing a very rewarding solve. And we have a pangram, of course.… Continue reading

Toughie 2314

Toughie No 2314 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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Another high-quality pangram by Osmosis. Very enjoyable

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Toughie 2298

Toughie No 2298 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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Another tightly-clued puzzle by Osmosis with lovely surface readings. I kicked myself realising I could have made my life quite a bit simpler in SE by using the pangram

Definitions are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

Toughie 2278

Toughie No 2278 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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Greetings from a fairly damp and miserable Warrington (what’s new? – the locals).

Managed to make it back safely from Germany, although I am having to trot to the clinic for daily antibiotic IV’s due to an infected leg after I had a fall over there.… Continue reading

Toughie 2250

Toughie No 2250 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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Another lovely pangram by Osmosis which didn’t cause me any great difficulties.  Last ones in were 20d and 28a

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2234

Toughie No 2234 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Dutch is on holiday this Friday and next, although he did manage to make it to S&B XV last Tuesday.

This delightful puzzle was, for me, spoilt by 28 Across.… Continue reading

Toughie 2210

Toughie No 2210 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A very pleasant and precise puzzle today. We have learnt that we can expect a pangram from Osmosis, but today he sets the bar higher: using fairly normal grid entries, we have a double pangram!… Continue reading