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Toughie 2496

Toughie No 2496 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Tilsit covered my Tuesday slot, while I am covering Thursday to allow crypticsue to deputise for Dutch tomorrow.

I found this to be a slog with no satisfaction on completion. I’m sure others will disagree. What a contrast to the excellent puzzle that I have just solved that will appear as Saturday’s NTSPP. Continue reading “Toughie 2496”

Toughie 2476

Toughie No 2476 by Zandio

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

Zandio is fast becoming one of my favourite Toughie setters as he always gives us a proper Toughie where the difficulty comes from cleverly written clues without needing to use obscurities

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Toughie 2461

Toughie No 2461 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Slow to start but then progressed smoothly as the checkers started coming in. Some lovely clues made this an enjoyable solve

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Toughie 2444

Toughie No 2444 by Zandio

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

We haven’t had a Toughie from Zandio since last November but I’d say he certainly hasn’t lost any of his ability to provide a proper really tough crossword in the interim.… Continue reading

Toughie 2333

Toughie No 2333 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This very enjoyable puzzle was just about completed in average time but I gave it an extra half-star to allow for the cogitation needed to finish working out the wordplay. It was good that there was only one obscurity in it (the soul in 5 down). I’m assuming that you’re all familiar with the American rapper. Continue reading “Toughie 2333”

Toughie 2313

Toughie No 2313 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hello, everyone.  I'm standing in for Bufo this week.  I hadn't solved a Zandio puzzle before today, so I wasn't quite sure what I was volunteering for.  Today's puzzle certainly took me out of my comfort zone with a few clues that requiring some serious pondering to parse.  But I did find a lot to enjoy here, with a few smiles and penny drops along the way.  I look forward to reading your impressions. Continue reading "Toughie 2313"

Toughie 2297

Toughie No 2297 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’m not sure what I made of this one. I never really warmed to it but at the same time never ran into any significant problems. I’m not sure why because there were some nice touches (though I didn’t care much for the cryptic definitions). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I’ll be interested to see what other solvers made of it. Continue reading “Toughie 2297”

Toughie 2277

Toughie No 2277 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Thanks to our publican and dankeschön to our German correspondent for covering the past two Thursdays while I was otherwise occupied. I have been looking forward to my first battle with a Zandio puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 2277”

Toughie 2258

Toughie No 2258 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is the first Zandio puzzle I’ve had the pleasure of blogging. The right-hand side went in easily enough but I struggled in SW. I’m still not sure about 26a, so if you have any thoughts on that, please share. … Continue reading

Toughie 2240

Toughie No 2240 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

A warm welcome to Zandio, a new Toughie setter. He (or she) has given us a proper Friday-level Toughie which gave me a bit of a shock and jolted me out of my usual Wednesday comfort zone.… Continue reading