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Toughie 2289 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2289 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle with some original touches. It wasn’t particularly difficult though I had to think hard about some of the parsing. Continue reading “Toughie 2289”

Toughie 2288 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2288 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another lovely example of Petitjean’s humour today – how lucky we are that he left such a golden legacy.
For the most part I found this one reasonably straightforward but I didn’t know the silk or the fragrant resin (though both were gettable from the wordplay) and I also had to have a think about 6d – so I’ve added half a star to the difficulty rating.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2287 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2287 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Silvanus has, for me at least, upped the difficulty level while maintaining the enjoyment. There were several clues that caused me to dig deeper than usual, especially the deceptive 8d which was my last one. Continue reading “Toughie 2287”

Toughie 2286 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2286 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Always a joy. Today’s Elkamere has several easy ways in and plenty to keep you on your toes. My bottom half went in quickly and my top right hand corner yielded last.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2285 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2285 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Today Beam becomes the latest setter to reach a century of Toughies and I seem to have blogged more than my fair share of them. Not that I mind because I always enjoy them and today’s was no exception. Mind you I think I was not quite with it today because I made far harder work of this Beam puzzle than I usually do. But I got there in the end though some of the parsing needed winkling out. Continue reading “Toughie 2285”

Toughie 2284 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2284 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It wouldn’t be a Giovanni Toughie if it didn’t have a few terms I didn’t know but the only one which gave me any significant problems was 5d where I was thrown by the unusual spelling.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2283 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2283 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

The handful of lesser-known words were clued in such a way they could be worked out then checked in Chambers. Continue reading “Toughie 2283”

Toughie 2282 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2282 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Fair, not overly difficult and enjoyable puzzle from proXimal today. I started with 8a and worked systematically anti-clockwise, giving me the illusion of being in control.

Many thanks Tilsit for looking after last Friday’s toughie

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

Toughie 2280 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2280 by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Stick Insect’s last Toughie was a double (verging on a triple) pangram and I thought we might be heading in the same direction today having solved 7d and 14d but it was not to be and we’ve got just a single pangram.… Continue reading >