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Toughie 2967

Toughie No 2967 by Silvanus
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/***Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Silvanus for a most entertaining puzzle with only 25a holding me up and making me seek the help of Mrs Google.

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DT 30157

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No. 30157
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Twmbarlwm is away from home today so I’m ‘sitting in’ for him.

I thought that this was a fairly typical Tuesday puzzle. Thanks to the setter.

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Toughie 2963

Toughie No 2963 by Firefly
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Firefly for brightening up a horribly dark squally day in North Devon. He has given us an enjoyable puzzle with an ursine theme.

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Toughie 2959

Toughie No 2959 by Beam
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***/****

We have an enjoyable puzzle from Beam with his usual economy of words (no clue contains more than six words which is a remarkable feat). Thanks to him.Continue reading

Toughie 2955

Toughie No 2955 by proXimal
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/****Enjoyment ****

I started this at the speed of an arthritic snail but very gradually speeded up and ended in a rush. Thanks to proXimal for the enjoyable challenge.

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Sunday Toughie 40 (full review)

Sunday Toughie 40 by Robyn (full review)
Review by Gazza

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This puzzle was published on 30th October 2022

 

Across

1a After drug overdose, caretaker means to perform convincingly (6,6)
METHOD ACTING: the short name of a stimulating drug, the abbreviation for overdose and an adjectival synonym for caretaker.… Continue reading

Toughie 2951

Toughie No 2951 by Kcit
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s puzzle which involves a lot of inserting and deleting of individual letters. The four three-letter answers make a pattern.

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Sunday Toughie 40 (hints)

Sunday Toughie 40 by Robyn (Hints)
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SJB feared that he might be rather under the weather today after the jollifications in York so I’m standing in for him with the Toughie hints. That’s no chore at all for me because Robyn is amongst my favourite setters and he’s given us a typically witty puzzle.Continue reading

Toughie 2947

Toughie No 2947 by Silvanus
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Silvanus provides today’s Toughie with his usual impeccably polished clues. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 2943

Toughie No 2943 by Beam
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ***

Beam provides, as is his usual, an entertaining but not too tricky puzzle. Thanks to him.

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