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Toughie No 98 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 98 by Giovanni

Another enjoyable puzzle

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

A better day on CluedUp, so these are a lot earlier than has been the norm recently.  When I first looked at the puzzle I wondered just where I was going to start, then one or two easier clues came to light and it all fell into place.  As usual, there are several clues where you need to find an answer that satisfies one part of the wordplay and rack your brains to find how on earth it fits the other – 10 across being a good example.  There are a few words which are not in the average vocabulary, but the wordplay points you in the right direction.

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Toughie No 97 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 97 by Cephas

Firm but fair

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

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are becoming a bit of a struggle with two crosswords to be blogged – I already have help on Thursday, Friday and the Saturday Review.  If you would like to help, then get in touch through Contact.  Today I have changed the format a little so that the components of the answer, and the answer itself, are in capitals.

The puzzle itself was firm but fair, apart from some of the silly three letter clues.  Peter Biddlecombe (whose Review of  last Saturday’s puzzle will be published at noon tomorrow) won’t like the grid on this one – four totally separate corners joined only in the centre.  Don’t be surprised if you get some of the answers and then struggle to find the wordplay, but then that’s why this blog is here!

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Toughie No 96 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 96 by Shamus

An enjoyable puzzle, but not too difficult

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

One or two clues you need to find the answer, and then work out the wordplay, but generally this is a solid puzzle, with none of the tenuous clues we have had recently.

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Toughie No 95 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 95 by Messinae

A really enjoyable puzzle with some literary allusions

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

I found myself appreciating this puzzle even more as I prepared the hints – there are references to three classic books, and a nursery rhyme.  While not trivially easy, this is a well constructed puzzle which is well worth the effort taken to solve.  Don’t forget the highlighted items give supplementary information and, usually, the answer.

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Toughie No 94 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 94 by MynoT

A moderately hard, but interesting puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

There are a few lesser known words in this puzzle, but overall it’s not too bad.  Don’t forget that clicking on the links will reveal items of interest, and often the answer!

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Toughie No 93 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 93 by Jed

A nice easy-going puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

You may have noticed yesterday that I made a complete hash of the wordplay for 23 down, although I did say that I was open to better interpretations.  Well, someone did post a far better interpretation, and it was two hours before I tumbled that we had been privileged to receive a fleeting visit from Firefly, yesterday’s setter.

If you have never tackled a Toughie before, then this one would be a good one with which to start, as there are no obscure words and the clues are straightforward – and you’ve got the hints below if you get stuck!

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Toughie No 92 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 92 by Firefly

A challenging puzzle

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

I was racing through this one, with thoughts of a relatively early night, when suddenly I hit a brick wall in the bottom right hand corner.  At least three out of the five difficulty stars are for this corner – see what you think.

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Toughie No 90 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 90 by Elgar

A challenging puzzle with two long phrases

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

Woke up this morning to find that the light dusting of snow that has been around for a few days has been replaced by a full carpet – I have added a new picture  to the Gallery.  As a new feature, started yesterday with “Freight Train”, some hints link to supplementary information!!

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