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Toughie 2379

Toughie No 2379 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I found this one surprisingly gentle for a Hudson puzzle but very enjoyable. I thought at one stage that we were getting a mini-theme on types of verse but I don’t suppose that two is sufficient even for the most minuscule theme.… Continue reading

Toughie 2378

Toughie No 2378 by Donnybrook

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Donnybrook makes it simple today with a mix of easy clues with even easier ones, with 10a being the only clue that would have been out-of-place in a backpage puzzle.

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Toughie 2377

Toughie No 2377 by Osmosis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

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 2376

Toughie No 2376 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A lot of the difficulty in this crossword comes from having to take quite a time to work out the parsing of several of the clues, which is reflected in the difficulty rating.… Continue reading

Toughie 2375

Toughie No 2375 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was more akin to the back-pagers that Giovanni used to give us on Fridays than his usual Toughies. There are no obscurities from the Old Testament or classical times and it’s all the better for that.… Continue reading

Toughie 2374

Toughie No 2374 by Chalicea

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another super puzzle from Chalicea. The answers to one or two clues needed to be teased out, but most were straightforward. Continue reading “Toughie 2374”

Toughie 2373

Toughie No 2373 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 141st Telegraph Toughie. What does that number mean to you? I was quite happy to be able to find the Nina and the answers that describe it, but only once I had completed the slow and satisfying solve. The observant among you will notice the grid is the same as that of the last Elgar (I know, I’m just showing off). Continue reading “Toughie 2373”

Toughie 2372

Toughie No 2372 by Firefly

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Solved in a time which placed this puzzle on the cusp between a hard back-pager and an easy middle-of-the-paper crossword.   We are a Q and an X short of a pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2371

Toughie No 2371 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gila has given us a fairly straightforward puzzle today with some solid clues but nothing to really set the pulses racing. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 2370

Toughie No 2370 by Dada

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

Yet another Tuesday Toughie that could not be described as fluffy! I enjoyed this puzzle, and found it to be very fair – I even forgave the slightly dubious definition, “nutritionally, something for youth, it’s said“, of 28 across. Continue reading “Toughie 2370”