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Toughie 1208

Toughie No 1208 by proXimal

Phew!

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

This is the first time I have been exposed to a proXimal Toughie and I struggled throughout. I only got one answer on my first read-through of the clues but this gave me a toehold in the SE corner from which I managed to fill the left-hand side of the grid without too many problems. I then stalled completely on the left-had side and I had to tease out just about every answer. It was definitely my slowest solve of a Toughie for a long, long time. I’m not sure why I found it so difficult because all the clues are perfectly fair and I didn’t have to do much head scratching to untangle the wordplay. I’ll be interested to know how the rest of you fared so I can see if it was just me who couldn’t get on proXimal’s wavelength.

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Toughie 1179

Toughie No 1179 by proXimal

An eXcellent Debut

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

 We welcome a new Toughie setter today – I’m not totally sure who proXimal is but the capital X is perhaps a broad hint that it’s a new pseudonym for someone who’s a regular commenter here and a contributor to the NTSPP series as well as a setter for the Independent. In any case he (or possibly she, if my guess is wrong) is very welcome and has provided us with an entertaining debut puzzle with lots of very well disguised definitions. I would have given this 2* for difficulty but I ended up cheating on 9a so I’ve bumped it up to 3*.
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