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Toughie 2860

Toughie No 2860 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A welcome medium-difficulty puzzle from proXimal. Continue reading “Toughie 2860”

Toughie 2836

Toughie No 2836 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An accessible puzzle with plenty of innovative clueing. It’s been a while since I have blogged a proXimal, nice to see him again.

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Toughie 2811

Toughie No 2811 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

proXimal is one of my favourite setters. Thanks to him for an enjoyable and X-less puzzle.

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Toughie 2791

Toughie No 2791 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I do enjoy a bout with proXimal and I found this quite tricky especially in my last (South-East) corner. Thanks to him for the puzzle.

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Toughie 2743

Toughie No 2743 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I do like the cryptic description of our setter at 5d in today’s back-pager. He’s given us an enjoyable puzzle but his usual MO of having either no X at all or a single X in each quadrant seems to have been abandoned.… Continue reading

Toughie 2703

Toughie No 2703 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

The Telegraph’s usual (very convoluted) method of informing on-line subscribers of the identities of the compilers of the Toughie puzzles has failed this week so I’m not certain of today’s setter, though I have a strong suspicion.… Continue reading

Toughie 2671

Toughie No 2671 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It seems there’s been something of a boo-boo at Telegraph Towers today and this puzzle has failed to make it into the dead tree version. If you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms and ask nicely here someone will email you a copy.… Continue reading

Toughie 2636

Toughie No 2636 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

Definitely a toughie – took me a while to find the right parsing for 8a (the lawman), 2d (southern Germany), 17d (theatrical act) & 22d (last of many to raise voice).… Continue reading