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Toughie 2437

Toughie No 2437 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Splendid! Not overly difficult, and clever clues that are clever for all the right reasons. A lot of lovely surfaces, some of which seem topical. As often happens, I appreciated the puzzle all the more when writing the blog and added an enjoyment star

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Toughie 2417

Toughie No 2417 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

As often happens, I gained further appreciation of the puzzle on writing up the blog, when I could savour all the clues again. Plenty of good surfaces to like here today, such as in the excellent 18a, but also in clues like 20a, 26a and 21d – as well  the nice Excalibur mislead in 22a.… Continue reading

Toughie 2389

Toughie No 2389 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Dutch is on holiday this week, giving me a chance to review a puzzle by one of my favourite setters.

Not many setters seem to have grasped what solvers expect from a Toughie, but proXimal certainly has. I was sailing through this, one clue at a time, before I came to a grinding halt in the southwest corner, which is why I added an extra helf a star to the difficulty. With a compound anagram it can be difficult to spot what is going on, and I needed to solve 27a before having any chance of knowing which four-letter name was required in 24d. Continue reading “Toughie 2389”

Toughie 2369

Toughie No 2369 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A very worthy Friday toughie. I’m in a bit of a rush today. Thank you Gazza for the parsing of 1a!

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Toughie 2346

Toughie No 2346 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

We have come to expect nothing but top quality puzzles from proXimal. Excellent surface readings combined with innovative clueing makes for a most enjoyable solve

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Toughie 2326

Toughie No 2326 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

Another most enjoyable puzzle from proXimal with some delightful clues. I hope you liked it as much as I did.

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Toughie 2302

Toughie No 2302 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another very nice puzzle from proXimal, not stupidly hard, great surfaces, just my kind of thing – a great way to start the day.

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Toughie 2282

Toughie No 2282 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Fair, not overly difficult and enjoyable puzzle from proXimal today. I started with 8a and worked systematically anti-clockwise, giving me the illusion of being in control.

Many thanks Tilsit for looking after last Friday’s toughie

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Toughie 2254

Toughie No 2254 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Beautiful clueing by proXimal. After some initial staring at the grid, I found a foothold after which I progressed at a reasonable pace. No obscurities, thank you setter, though I hadn’t heard of the valley (21d)

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Toughie 2226

Toughie No 2226 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I was happy to find that proXimal has again given us an accessible puzzle today with some lovely surfaces. I managed three quarters of this fairly rapidly, then the last quarter took as much time again.… Continue reading