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Toughie 2436

Toughie No 2436 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Silvanus always provides an enjoyable, well-crafted crossword, this time a little trickier than usual, not just in the solving but in the explaining of the ‘complications’ of several clues while typing the hints

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Toughie 2418

Toughie No 2418 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Ophelia.
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning from the slowly beating heart of Downtown L I. If this is the most happening place in the village I dread to think how dull the outskirts and suburbs must be. Continue reading “Toughie 2418”

Toughie 2382

Toughie No 2382 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Silvanus has staked his claim to a regular slot on the Tuesday Toughie schedule. As you would expect, the cluing is immaculate. The thought of taking something to Paddington in 16a amused me, but although the surface reading of 15d starts well (vermilion-coloured crab wandering around island) it seems to taper off. Continue reading “Toughie 2382”

Toughie 2362

Toughie No 2362 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I loved this Silvanus puzzle, especially (for obvious reasons) 3d. Tuesday is fast becoming the best day of the Toughie week. Continue reading “Toughie 2362”

Toughie 2339

Toughie No 2339 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

You can rely on Silvanus for precise cluing, and this puzzle is no exception. I particularly like the discovery as to how the answer to 2 Down could be derived and the anagram at 21 Across. Continue reading “Toughie 2339”

Toughie 2319

Toughie No 2319 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Silvanus seems very much at home in this Tuesday slot. This is another excellent puzzle with a wide variety of different clues all making for a pleasurable, if brief, solve. Continue reading “Toughie 2319”

Toughie 2303

Toughie No 2303 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Tuesday’s have become an excellent day in Toughieland, and this puzzle from our own Silvanus is no exception. No particular favourites, and the Spoonerism was the only groan. Continue reading “Toughie 2303”

Toughie 2287

Toughie No 2287 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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

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”