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Toughie 2620

Toughie No 2620 by Sparks

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

This setter often has a Nina or a little grid feature of some kind. There seems to be something going on with the starts of words (rows 1,3,13,15).… Continue reading

Toughie 2604

Toughie No 2604 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A lovely quirky puzzle from Sparks today with a few that required a bit of extra thinking to see the parsing. At the time of writing, I haven’t seen Spark’s usual Nina, unless there’s been some kind of household incident (rows 3 & 13) – comments welcome. Continue reading “Toughie 2604”

Toughie 2592

Toughie No 2592 by Sparks

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

A most pleasant puzzle by Sparks with some geography and a touch of GK. And, of course, a most pleasing Nina

Definitions are underlined as always and indicators are italicized.… Continue reading

Toughie 2576

Toughie No 2576 by Sparks

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

Sparks seems to have beer on the brain, which makes for an enjoyable puzzle. He often has a Nina of some kind, but today he spoils us with a pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2541

Toughie No 2541 by Sparks

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

A delightful puzzle, the top half went in quickly though I slowed down towards the bottom. The Nina suggests a milestone, congratulations Sparks! Not sure if this is years or crosswords, either way a fine collection.… Continue reading

Toughie 2485

Toughie No 2485 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The long answers and anagrams gave a nice way into this puzzle, which is full of Sparks’s usual wit and clever devices. Sparks often has a Nina – although I can see a number of words in the central row, i’m not making much sense of them yet

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Toughie 2445

Toughie No 2445 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some great quirky clueing today. Sparks often has a Nina, but I haven’t seen anything yet, perhaps someone will help me.

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Toughie 2401

Toughie No 2401 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some new words for me and some cute perimeter phrases. A fun solve.

The definitions are underlined. The hints attempt to explain the wordplay, and you can reveal the answers by clicking on the click here buttons.… Continue reading