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Toughie 1484

Toughie No 1484 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today is my son’s birthday, he is now a teenager. He has a new phone. Tomorrow I take him and his friends paint-balling (I’ll just take my kindle, thank you), so I will miss all of you going to the get-together in London – I hope you have loads of fun and good luck to all those entering the Times competition, CS?… Continue reading

Toughie 1442

Toughie No 1442 by proXimal

It’s not Friday, is it?

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

I reckon that this is the toughest puzzle that we’ve had from proXimal so far and I really had to work to tease out the answers, so all of you who found this a breeze give yourself a pat on the back.… Continue reading

Toughie 1426

Toughie No 1426 by proXimal

Piggy-in-the-Middle

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

I found the bottom half trickier than the top today, but it was all very enjoyable with some lovely bits of misdirection.

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Toughie 1408

Toughie No 1408 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This took me just as long as the Elkamere on Wednesday, so I’m not sure why the Telegraph puzzles site offered one star for difficulty while last Wednesday had 5 – maybe it’s just me.… Continue reading

Toughie 1382

Toughie No 1382 by proXimal

“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was spot on for the level of difficulty for a Wednesday Toughie and I enjoyed solving it. There may, possibly, be a Nina in the grid – see hint for 6d.… Continue reading

Toughie 1356

Toughie No 1356 by proXimal

Elgar has some competition!

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

ProXimal is fitting very neatly into the Friday slot. A very enjoyable puzzle.

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Toughie 1322

Toughie No 1322 by proXimal

And the pig got up and slowly walked away

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

I plodded rather than raced through this puzzle with each answer needing to be prised out but there was a sense of satisfaction in completing it. There did seem to be a lot of container/insertion type clues.
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Toughie 1291

Toughie No 1291 by proXimal

Getting Off at Haymarket

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

Thanks to proXimal for an enjoyable puzzle and one with no obscure words. It took me longer than it should have to unravel a few bits of wordplay.
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Toughie 1268

Toughie No 1268 by proXimal

Not so ‘Phew!’

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

‘Phew!’ was my reaction to the first proXimal puzzle that I blogged and so I started this one with some trepidation. However the bottom half went in fairly quickly with the help of the two long anagrams. The top half took longer but even so I would have probably only have given the puzzle 3* for difficulty had I not spent a long time trying to suss out how the clue for 25 across worked.

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