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Toughie 2855

Toughie No 2855 by Giovanni

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Giovanni for today’s pangram containing a generous 32 clues. There’s a pleasing shortage of obscurities here – although the 4d answer was new to me the wordplay was clear.… Continue reading

Toughie 2851

Toughie No 2851 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for today’s Toughie. I did notice when writing the hints that the wordplay involves a great deal of deleting first and last letters.

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Toughie 2847

Toughie No 2847 by Beam

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ***

Beam is being particularly gentle with us today – I got through this one faster than I solved the back-pager. Thanks to him for the enjoyment.

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Toughie 2843

Toughie No 2843 by Firefly

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Firefly has given us a theme today – I counted ten eleven (Thanks to Jonners for correcting my counting) answers fitting the theme. Thanks to Firefly.… Continue reading

Toughie 2839

Toughie No 2839 by Hudson

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ****

Hudson has given us a puzzle low on difficulty but high on enjoyment. Do you agree or disagree?

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Toughie 2835

Toughie No 2835 by Giovanni

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Is Giovanni mellowing (or was this puzzle originally intended for the back page)? There are quite a few gimmes here and although he includes his usual ration of religious terms there’s nothing that was new to me – that’s a first for a Giovanni Toughie.… Continue reading

Toughie 2831

Toughie No 2831 by Beam

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was on the straightforward side for a Beam Toughie with fewer than usual questions along the lines ‘how on earth does that word mean that?’.… Continue reading

Toughie 2827

Toughie No 2827 by Sparks

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

It’s been some considerable time since I had the pleasure of blogging a Sparks production so I was delighted to find him appearing on a Thursday. Thanks to him for the enjoyment.… Continue reading

Toughie 2823

Toughie No 2823 by Beam

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for a pleasing puzzle with a few chuckles along the way. Knowing that there are no anagrams does prevent one going down blind alleys (as I might have done with e.g.… Continue reading

Toughie 2819

Toughie No 2819 by Silvanus

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Silvanus for another of his 12a puzzles. 24a was new to me but the wordplay was clear.

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