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Toughie 2162

Toughie No 2162 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This was just right. A not-overly-difficult puzzle with loads of well-crafted surfaces. I’m always happy (relieved, perhaps) when I can solve a proXimal in reasonable time.

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Toughie 2143

Toughie No 2143 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I found this slow going, yet in retrospect everything seems fair enough. I tend to find some proXimal puzzles quite hard, though his last few have been more accessible.… Continue reading

Toughie 2123

Toughie No 2123 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Great surface readings make this a superbly enjoyable puzzle from proXimal. Furthermore, the clueing is crisp, challenging and intriguing without any painful searches for distant synonyms or unheard-of obscurities.… Continue reading

Toughie 2099

Toughie No 2099 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

ProXimal likes synonyms that are not necessarily close or obvious, which I find challenging at times. But he gives us a nice variety of clever clueing – I still had a bit of parsing to do once I had filled the grid, and I’m still not sure about 7d.… Continue reading

Toughie 2071

Toughie No 2071 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ****/*****

 

Hello, everyone.  I'm standing in for Dutch today.  I thought that this puzzle was a masterclass in misdirection and subtlety.  With a couple of exceptions, I believe that the hints themselves would be right at home in one of my Tuesday back-page blogs. 

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Toughie 2055

Toughie No 2055 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was relieved that this proXimal wasn’t overly difficult; I managed it comfortably before the school run. There are some nice anagrams to get you started. And no obscurities, though perhaps I need to brush up on which names are Scottish.… Continue reading

Toughie 2027

Toughie No 2027 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Got up early and managed to finish this well before the school run. ProXimal is using some very subtle definitions today, which forces you to unravel the wordplay rather than guess & parse.… Continue reading

Toughie 1999

Toughie No 1999 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I don’t get to review many Toughies these days, but Dutch’s temporary absence has given me a chance.  I usually find proXimal’s puzzles to be challenging but unmemorable and sadly, for me, this one is no exception.… Continue reading

Toughie 1983

Toughie No 1983 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another most enjoyable puzzle by proXimal, plenty of clever and elegant clueing, though I didn’t manage to finish before the school run today…

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Toughie 1963

Toughie No 1963 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I really enjoyed this, despite doing it at midnight because I didn’t dare leave a proXimal till morning. There are many excellent clues, beautifully crafted. My first one in was 6a, my last one in was 15a (for which I struggled to find a parsing and I’m not sure it’s right) and nothing in-between was systematic except that in the end I was left struggling with my last 4 all in NE.… Continue reading