Category Archives: Samuel

Samuel is the pseudonym of Chris Lancaster. As well as editing the Enigmatic Variations puzzles in the Sunday Telegraph since 2014, he has also set crosswords in this series and The Listener series in The Times, , the Inquisitor series and for The Magpie.

Toughie 1918

Toughie No 1918 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A pleasant puzzle from Samuel with some nice clues. It is possibly over-anagrammed and it does contain the now seemingly obligatory homophone designed to raise a few hackles.… Read More

Toughie 1902

Toughie No 1902 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello, and Happy Diwali!  It’s also apparently International Gin and Tonic Day, so plenty of reasons to charge your glasses.  Other than that, it’s another perfectly ordinary Thursday, except that Bufo is busy again so I’m here to bring you Blog 101. … Read More

Toughie 1886

Toughie No 1886 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I didn’t find this overly difficult until I stalled on the last few answers (mostly in the SW corner) and then stalled even more trying to work out the wordplay for 23 across.… Read More

Toughie 1870

Toughie No 1870 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

The bottom half went in reasonably quickly but I had more of a problem with the top half. But it all came good in the end and it was a very enjoyable exercise

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1854

Toughie No 1854 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I was happily eating lunch when it suddenly dawned upon me that it was Thursday and I had a blog to write. I’ve no idea what day I thought it was.… Read More

Toughie 1837

Toughie No 1837 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Samuel for an enjoyable but pretty gentle Toughie. We’ve had an easy ride so far this week – are we being softened up for a stinker by the time we reach Friday?… Read More

Toughie 1822

Toughie No 1822 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another gentle Thursday puzzle with nothing causing any significant problems

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1802

Toughie No 1802 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was another straightforward puzzle by Samuel that caused me no problems at all. After getting 15 across and 3 down I started looking for other Beatles-related answers but couldn’t find any.… Read More

Toughie 1786

Toughie No 1786 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

The gentle Toughie week continues with what was probably my second fastest ever solve of a Toughie. On the cup-of-coffee scale of difficulty this ranked at one mouthful.… Read More

Toughie 1769

Toughie No 1769 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s nothing to terrify the thoroughbreds in this pleasant puzzle from Samuel. I didn’t know the Hobbit or the French composers but in both cases the checking letters and the wordplay soon sorted me out.… Read More