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Toughie 2709

Toughie No 2709 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

The sun has got his hat on. Hip hip hip hooray

The sun has got his hat on and he’s coming out today

About time too.

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Toughie 2643

Toughie No 2643 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

In terms of difficulty this is about par for a midweek Toughie. At one stage I thought we were going to get an equestrian theme but I don’t think there are enough references even for a ‘mini’ one.… Continue reading

Toughie 2587

 

Toughie No 2587 by Serpent

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

You can usually rely on Serpent to give us both a proper Toughie and a Nina and that’s definitely the case today. Continue reading “Toughie 2587”

Toughie 2563

Toughie No 2563 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Serpent always gives us something extra and today he’s excelled by providing a pangram without the single most common letter in English (although its shape does make a few appearances in the grid).… Continue reading

Toughie 2539

Toughie No 2539 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Serpent for an enjoyable and not too tricky puzzle. When I blogged Serpent’s last Toughie the setter left a comment telling us that every answer in the grid contained the letter L to match the patterns of the black squares in the grid (which I and all those commenting had totally missed).… Continue reading

Toughie 2519

Toughie No 2519 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There’s some complicated wordplay here (which I enjoyed winkling out). There are two clues (1a and 14a) where the definition can only be the whole clue but the whole clue doesn’t really match up with the answer.… Continue reading

Toughie 2495

Toughie No 2495 by Serpent

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is just the sort of puzzle I like – no gimmicks, no obscurities just clever wordplay and deceptive definitions. Thanks to Serpent for the entertainment.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Continue reading