Osmosis – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2924

Toughie No 2924 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis omits 12 letters of the alphabet. This seemed a little easier than past puzzles, though it still took me 4* time and I’m not seeing the parsing of 27a.… Continue reading

Toughie 2908

Toughie No 2908 by Osmosis

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

In retrospect this all looks reasonable, but I struggled to the point where it started affecting my enjoyment. Again, Osmosis omits many letters of the alphabet from the grid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2892

Toughie No 2892 by Osmosis

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

We are again missing 12 letters of the alphabet in the grid. A tricky and nicely-crafted puzzle. I managed to complete the grid in just under 5* time but still had some parsing to do when writing up the blog!… Continue reading

Toughie 2876

Toughie No 2876 by Osmosis

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

Osmosis uses just 14 letters of the alphabet. Today is the first time I’ve been able to use this to my advantage: once I had a Y, I knew what the two algebraic variables were likely to be.… Continue reading

Toughie 2852

Toughie No 2852 by Osmosis

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

I found parts of this quite difficult. Again, Osmosis has omitted 12/26 letters of the alphabet (though we have Z).

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Toughie 2828

Toughie No 2828 by Osmosis

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

Today’s Osmosis felt a bit easier than some of his recent puzzles. Once again, he omits eleven letters of the alphabet in his grid. I appreciated the clues more on writing up the blog than during the solve, which often happens.… Continue reading

Toughie 2812

Toughie No 2812 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis omits 11 letters from the alphabet, mostly those with high scores in scrabble. The odd one out today is a vowel, for the first time. There is no U.… Continue reading

Toughie 2796

Toughie No 2796 by Osmosis

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

Yet again, Osmosis bamboozles us by not using 11 letters of the alphabet – typically the highest scoring scrabble letters, i.e., the least frequent. However, the grid features Y’s and W’s today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2780

Toughie No 2780 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis intrigues us by omitting the highest scrabble scorers from his grid. Ten letters are missing. That includes an “L”, though, is that intentional? Is Osmosis setting himself new challenges?… Continue reading

Toughie 2756

Toughie No 2756 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Once again we are intrigued by Osmosis omitting 11 high-scoring scrabble letters from the puzzle. A slow solve for me.

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