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Toughie 2287 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2287 by Silvanus

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

Silvanus has, for me at least, upped the difficulty level while maintaining the enjoyment. There were several clues that caused me to dig deeper than usual, especially the deceptive 8d which was my last one. Continue reading “Toughie 2287”

Toughie 2271 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2271 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

There are several features you will always find in a Silvanus puzzle – immaculate cluing, a variety of different clue types and scrupulous attention to detail, to name but three. Together these go to make up a very enjoyable puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 2271”

Toughie 2256 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2256 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It took me a little while to get going on this one but once I’d established a base camp in the SW corner it all proceeded in a serene fashion with no great problems. It’s very enjoyable with smooth clues throughout as we’ve come to expect from this setter. Thanks Silvanus. Continue reading “Toughie 2256”

Toughie 2231 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2231 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Kitty is taking a break from blogging (not too long we hope) so I’ve been drafted in for a one-off Tuesday matinee. That’s no hardship as we have a fairly gentle but very enjoyable puzzle from Silvanus with his usual smooth surfaces throughout.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2211 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2211 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  –  Difficulty ** –  Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all.  Another very pleasant puzzle from Silvanus to get the four-day week of Toughies underway.  And a four-day weekend to look forward to as well!  I’m not quite sure how to rate the difficulty because most of it yielded easily, but there were a couple of stragglers and one (17d) which stubbornly refused to budge: I stared at for a few minutes at the end, teased by the helpful-looking checking letters, before giving in to temptation and using the Chambers app.

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Toughie 2191 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2191 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello!  As March marches on, so does Silvanus: he’s back with another Tuesday Toughie.  My experience of it was pretty much identical to that with his last, so if you enjoyed that one, then this comes recommended.

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Toughie 2171 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2171 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Happy Chinese New Year!  Seven days since last Tuesday, it’s reassuring to find that today is a Tuesday, and all is as usual.  It’s less usual to see Silvanus in this slot – a first in fact, as his previous two Toughies were published later in the week – but I expect that could change.  I found it not overly tricky, but by no means an escaped back-pager.  Meanwhile, if I’d had any doubts about what enjoyment rating to give, the plaudits over on the back page blog have decided it!  Indeed, I noted an unusually high number of clues as favourites.

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Toughie 2149 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2149 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Christmas has gone and there is a semblance of normality about today. It was nice to get a puzzle from a graduate of Rookie Corner and a very good puzzle it was too.… Continue reading >

Toughie 2129 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2129 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

A very warm welcome to the ranks of Toughie setters to our very own Silvanus – I’m sure that this puzzle will be the first of many. He’s given us a very enjoyable puzzle – not too tricky though I did need to check out the dietary craving.… Continue reading >