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Toughie 3172

Toughie No 3172 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Nice to see proXimal on a Friday. I enjoyed this puzzle. Some easy entries and some trickier clues

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Sunday Toughie 93

Sunday Toughie 93 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Gazza

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SJB is having a week off so I’m providing the hints today. I found this somewhat trickier than our usual Sunday Toughies so I’ve provided hints for thirteen clues which is more than my usual interpretation of BD’s instruction to hint ‘a few’.Continue reading

Toughie 3132

Toughie No 3132 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

proXimal provides a welcome respite from the usual tortuous Friday toughie. Once I had a way in, this went fairly smoothly. NW was last. Nice smooth surfaces

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Toughie 3043

Toughie No 3043 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to proXimal for an enjoyable Toughie.

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Across Clues

8a African beast hide acquired by charity almost breaking ethical pledge (11,4)
HIPPOCRATIC OATH: start with a large African beast and add a verb to hide or cover inside an anagram (breaking) of CHARIT[y].… Continue reading

Toughie 3019

Toughie No 3019 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to proXimal for today’s Toughie which I enjoyed deciphering.

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Across Clues

1a Go over city crime arrests (5)
RECAP: a slang word for a crime contains the postal area of the City of London.… Continue reading

Toughie 3004

Toughie No 3004 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sometimes it takes me a while to get on to proXimal’s wavelength. Luckily, he has included a number of easier clues to get you started, much appreciated!

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Toughie 2980

Toughie No 2980 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I’m never quite sure what awaits me with proXimal, so I was quite happy this was not overly difficult. A very enjoyable puzzle with smooth clues

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Toughie 2955

Toughie No 2955 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I started this at the speed of an arthritic snail but very gradually speeded up and ended in a rush. Thanks to proXimal for the enjoyable challenge.

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