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Toughie 2571

Toughie no 2571 by proXimal

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

An enjoyable and solver-friendly Toughie from proXimal. I did search for a pangram as the grid is one of his ‘usual’ ones where the Xs appear in the black squares but the solutions are also missing a Z so just an ‘ordinary’ crossword this time

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Toughie 2460

Toughie No 2460 by proXimal

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

A slightly friendlier proXimal Toughie than some, presumably why we find him in the Thursday Toughie spot, which suited me because I quite often struggle with his more difficult Toughies.… Continue reading

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