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Toughie 2439

Toughie No 2439 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It was only when I was checking my full grid for a possible pangram (which seemed a probability with all the high-scoring Scrabble letters present) that I realised that what we actually have here is a lipogram where our most common letter is notable by its absence.… Continue reading

Toughie 2437

Toughie No 2437 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Splendid! Not overly difficult, and clever clues that are clever for all the right reasons. A lot of lovely surfaces, some of which seem topical. As often happens, I appreciated the puzzle all the more when writing the blog and added an enjoyment star

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Toughie 2436

Toughie No 2436 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Silvanus always provides an enjoyable, well-crafted crossword, this time a little trickier than usual, not just in the solving but in the explaining of the ‘complications’ of several clues while typing the hints

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Toughie 2435

Toughie No 2435 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s quite a bit of GK in this puzzle but I don’t think any of it is too esoteric. I enjoyed unravelling it all. Thanks to Hudson for the entertainment.… Continue reading

Toughie 2434

Toughie No 2434 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Reynard The Fox

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good Afternoon which is just about when our paperboy/man turns up. This is just how I like a Tuesday Toughie. Tough enough to make me think but doable after a little bit of thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2433

Toughie No 2433 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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 2432

Toughie No 2432 by Kcit

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

What took this Kcit crossword from a 5* backpager to a Toughie was the time taken to parse a couple of the clues, including one where I have a large bruise from kicking myself when the obvious was explained.   We also have a lesson in the varying uses of the word ‘in’ and several anagrams, in a crossword where half the clues require something to be inserted into something else, which is probably some sort of record. Continue reading “Toughie 2432”

Toughie 2431

Toughie No 2431 by Gila

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Gila for a pleasant puzzle which was enjoyable but not too tough.

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Toughie 2430

Toughie No 2430 by Dada

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I found this to be an excellent Toughie with the only obscurity for me being the biochemical compound, which was easily derived from the wordplay and rang a bell in the back of my mind when I had solved it.

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