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Toughie 2530

Toughie No 2530

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from an overcast Barrel. It’s a short-change Toughie day today with only twenty six answers to find. However, eighteen of these answers have unchecked first letters which always increases the difficulty factor. Some less well-known words and a few stretched synonyms bring this puzzle into Tuesday Toughie territory. There is a lot of fun to be had along the way and a rather nice Spooner clue which gave the setters name away. (The Daily Telegraph Subscription App version doesn’t give the setters name) Silvanus appears to have got stuck in reverse whilst compiling this puzzle. l enjoyed it and I hope you do too. Continue reading “Toughie 2530”

Toughie 2510

Toughie No 2510 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

What a pleasure it has been to solve and review this wonderful crossword. The puzzle is full of ingenuity and offers none of the staleness and tiredness sometimes seen in crosswordland. At the time of solving and reviewing I have Silvanus in mind or possibly Chalicea. Only time and Kath will tell. (CrypticSue told and it is Silvanus) Great fun all round. 27 across and 20 down went in easily but both took some time for me to work out the parsing. See if you can manage them without the hints. Continue reading “Toughie 2510”

Toughie 2482

Toughie No 2482 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Yosser Hughes

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

Good Morning from Downtown L I where I am clearing out and selling off fourteen years of stuff. It is amazing just how much junk Saint Sharon has accumulated in that time in contrast to my treasures. Continue reading

Toughie 2466

Toughie No 2466 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Wilson Keppel and Betty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning from the heart of Downtown LI. Where the sunshine is being bullied away by rain clouds which don’t look too threatening yet. We will see. Continue reading “Toughie 2466”

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”