Category Archives: Petitjean

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Toughie 1730

 Toughie No 1730 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Petitjean’s first posthumous puzzle appeared in July so we’ve waited a long time for the second. Big Dave thought that perhaps it had been kept back for Christmas but (apart from 1 down) there doesn’t appear to be anything festive in it.… Read More

Toughie 1650

Toughie No 1650 by Petitjean

Petitjean’s Posthumously Published Puzzle

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

I thought this was a bizarre mixture of the blindingly obvious and the somewhat obscure. I thought it was going to be a doddle when the first few answers went in very quickly but I then struggled to finish it off and writing the review was harder work than usual.… Read More

Toughie 1634

Toughie No 1634 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Warrington! As Bufo is sunning himself on a Club 18-30 Ibiza Rave Party holiday, BD asked me to fill his boots for the day.

A nice pleasant puzzle from Petitjean today, which fits well into the Thursday slot.… Read More

Toughie 1610

Toughie No 1610 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

After a week off I was looking forward to the challenge of a Thursday Toughie but it wasn’t to be. It was only a minor hold-up in the SE corner that took it above the 1* difficulty mark.… Read More

Toughie 1589

Toughie No 1589 by Petitjean

A cakewalk

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I am a great fan of Petitjean’s quirky puzzles but I thought that this one was probably more suited to the back page than the Toughie slot. There are some enjoyable clues but too many seemed very straightforward (especially if, as in the case of 15a, you’ve blogged pretty much the same clue in yesterday’s back-pager).… Read More

Toughie 1573

Toughie No 1573 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Petitjean is one of my favourite setters and I really enjoyed this puzzle. Usually I’d whinge about the number of anagrams (10) but the whole thing is so enjoyable that I’ll keep quiet about that today.… Read More

Toughie 1542

Toughie No 1542 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A reasonably interesting puzzle of below average difficulty

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

Toughie 1503

Toughie No 1503 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I really struggled with this one. It didn’t help that my brain’s anagram function appeared to be switched off because I made hard work of the 9-letter anagrams.… Read More

Toughie 1482

Toughie No 1482 by Petitjean

Slightly Mad Hat Needed

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

This is a puzzle which I had to work at and the time I spent on it was very enjoyable. As usual with Petitjean there is some inventive clueing (e.g.… Read More

Toughie 1461

Toughie No 1461 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

It has been so cold in my north-facing office for the last two days, I was seriously contemplating getting out my woolly hat.   Today, however, I should have looked out the slightly mad hat required when solving/reviewing a Petitjean crossword, not to mention lugging in from home one of my copies of the BRB as the office dictionary does its best but isn’t quite up to ‘Toughie’ parsing requirements.… Read More