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Toughie 2516

Toughie No 2516 by Zandio

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable Toughie with no obscurities but a couple of clues that needed a bit of thought to parse

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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”