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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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Toughie 2935

Toughie No 2935 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is just the sort of Toughie I like with the toughness coming from clever wordplay and deceptive definitions rather than obscurities. Many thanks to the prolific proXimal.Continue reading

Toughie 2919

Toughie No 2919 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Many thanks to proXimal for today’s workout.

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Across Clues

7a Vulgar female dismissed by Nemo, perhaps (8)
CLOWNISH: start with the type of creature that Nemo is in the animated Disney film (Clownfish) and remove the abbreviation for female.… Continue reading

Toughie 2884

Toughie No 2884 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

proXimal likes to send our brains out synonym searching, something I’m not very good at. Nonetheless, I found a solid foothold in SW and slowly climbed the grid

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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