Toughie No 1198 by Warbler
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
[ Today I am pleased to introduce a gamekeeper turned poacher. You might know Toro from his puzzles in the NTSPP series and now he is trying his hand at blogging. An excellent debut. BD ]
A first outing for me as a blogger, and am I dreaming, or is that a personal message to me from Warbler in the form of 5d? (Well, not just to me of course). A lovely witty bit of setter-solver dialogue there, and I also enjoyed the imagery of 9a and the ingenuity of 17d.
Otherwise more straightforward than I had expected, so I’ll plump for ** for difficulty and *** for enjoyment. Perhaps BD’s breaking me in gently…
But never mind all that – you know the Toughie better than I do. What did you think?