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Toughie 2775

Toughie No 2775 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Elgar makes a rare excursion outside his Friday stamping ground to accommodate Micawber’s famous year-end puzzle tomorrow so I have the rare privilege of reviewing one of his puzzles.… Continue reading

Toughie 2773

Toughie No 2773 by Robyn

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Chris M Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment *****

Today’s Toughie from Robyn is so cleverly clued with hardly any gimmies. Each answer requiring a bit of thought. When the checkers made an answer obvious I still had to question the wordplay. I like these new kids on the block. Continue reading “Toughie 2773”

Toughie 2772

Toughie No 2772 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some lovely clues. Took a while to get started though reasonably smooth afterwards. It took me a long time to parse 17d because I couldn’t think of a musical, hope it’s right, thoughts welcome.… Continue reading

Toughie 2771

Toughie No 2771 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Giovanni is in benevolent mood today and although I didn’t know the 21a plant name it could be established once the checkers were in place.

Thanks to Giovanni and Season’s Greetings to him, to all other setters, to our bloggers and all who comment here.… Continue reading

Toughie 2769

Toughie No 2769 by Dada

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect  I’m just here to be me

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Chris M Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Dada? Really. Well I never. The Tuesday Toughie remains accessible to most competent back page solvers. A good entry level puzzle for those wanting to step up to Toughie level. Continue reading “Toughie 2769”

Toughie 2768

Toughie No 2768 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Not an easy puzzle today, though my recent trip to Edinburgh helped. I soon noticed a pangram (given, e.g., 25a), but I can’t say that this aided my solve.… Continue reading

Toughie 2767

Toughie No 2767 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As usual with Beam there were a couple of synonyms that required a bit of thought but I found this very much at the easier end of his spectrum.… Continue reading