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Toughie 2519

Toughie No 2519 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s some complicated wordplay here (which I enjoyed winkling out). There are two clues (1a and 14a) where the definition can only be the whole clue but the whole clue doesn’t really match up with the answer.… Continue reading

Toughie 2518

Toughie No 2518 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this Donnybrook Toughie, all the more so after writing the review. Standout favourite has to be penny-drop moment when 24a fell into place and I realised it had nothing to do with cricket! Continue reading “Toughie 2518”

Toughie 2517

Toughie No 2517 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another near pangram from Osmosis; we seem to be missing the F. Meticulous clueing as always with some original indicators that add to the fun. I wasn’t familiar with the actor, so that was my last one in.… Continue reading

Toughie 2516

Toughie No 2516 by Zandio

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable Toughie with no obscurities but a couple of clues that needed a bit of thought to parse

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

Toughie 2515

Toughie No 2515 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It was all going so well with very little in the way of obscurities until I reached the SE corner where 24d (for the meaning) and 28a (for the parsing) caused a bit of difficulty and made me increase the difficulty rating by half a star.… Continue reading

Toughie 2514

Toughie No 2514 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A lovely offering from Chalicea today with a number of delicious clues, Solved and blogged quickly as I have a busy day ahead. A very suitable Tuesday Toughie. Continue reading “Toughie 2514”

Toughie 2513

Toughie No 2513 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The Nina helped me identify the Labour Minister. It reminded me of a caption I saw recently for a soldier in camouflage fatigues wearing a hi-vis jacket. As an optional extra, 20a invites us to play a little game, with the Nina suggesting one example can already be seen in the answer here.… Continue reading

Toughie 2511

Toughie No 2511 by Hudson

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

There’s a lot of GK in this puzzle but most of it is fairly accessible (though I repeat what I said last week about some clues offering more difficulties for overseas solvers).… Continue reading

Toughie 2510

Toughie No 2510 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

What a pleasure it has been to solve and review this wonderful crossword. The puzzle is full of ingenuity and offers none of the staleness and tiredness sometimes seen in crosswordland. At the time of solving and reviewing I have Silvanus in mind or possibly Chalicea. Only time and Kath will tell. (CrypticSue told and it is Silvanus) Great fun all round. 27 across and 20 down went in easily but both took some time for me to work out the parsing. See if you can manage them without the hints. Continue reading “Toughie 2510”