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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