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Toughie 2449

Toughie No 2449 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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We have a near-pangram from Osmosis today (V is missing). Near-pangrams are the new black. I started in NE and progressed rapidly but SW slowed me down, and it took me a long time to remember the lady in 3d, or even to realise we were looking for her.… Continue reading

Toughie 2433

Toughie No 2433 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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A solid puzzle by Osmosis although I was put off slightly by not quite understanding 17a. It was my last one in and I assumed (correctly) that I needed an X, but that was just fortuitous as I don’t actually see a pangram today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2425

Toughie No 2425 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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Our Pangram Maestro gives us a double pangram today, again with a grid that avoids use of strange vocabulary, very clever. If you want to understand how much of a feat this is, just have a go at filling a blank grid with a double pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2409

Toughie No 2409 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

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