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Toughie 2614

Toughie No 2614 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

What a delight – a Silvanus puzzle on a Wednesday. As the resident Wednesday blogger I hope that this is a permanent move for our setter and not just a short-term arrangement.… Continue reading

Toughie 2597

Toughie No 2597 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Silvanus has definitely settled in to the, usually Floughie, Tuesday slot and, 21 Down apart, this was an easy solve. I would be interested to know if non-UK solvers knew about the cartoon couple in 8 Down. Continue reading “Toughie 2597”

Toughie 2577

Toughie No 2577 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me

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

After a series of lighter Tuesday Toughies Silvanus has provided us with a puzzle with a little more bite. Don’t be put off by that introduction though. It’s all solvable either from definition or from wordplay. We begin with an error and work through to be rewarded with a refreshing pint at the end. Continue reading “Toughie 2577”

Toughie 2562

Toughie No 2562 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **   Enjoyment ***

Good Morning from The Independent Bubble of Barrel where very little has happened since the beginning of time. Today Silvanus has treated us to a trip down memory lane to meet a dead comedian and a dead B movie actor in a gentle Toughie which I think is just right for a Tuesday. Continue reading “Toughie 2562”

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