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Toughie 601

Toughie No 601 by Shamus

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. No, you haven’t slipped into a time warp and lost a day! Bufo and I have done a swap for this week and I am reviewing the Thursday Toughie. It’s nice to be able to get to grips with Shamus who is a fine setter in all his incarnations and is a really nice guy to boot (not that you should ever boot a crossword setter!).

Not as challenging as a Friday puzzle in truth, but this contained a few little nuggets that made me think. Nice to see a trademark pangrammatic puzzle as well [Oh no it isn’t – see the bottom of the post BD]. Some excellent surface readings and clever definitions that made me smile. A very pleasant solve and thanks to Shamus for today’s challenge.

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