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Toughie 2876

Toughie No 2876 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Osmosis uses just 14 letters of the alphabet. Today is the first time I’ve been able to use this to my advantage: once I had a Y, I knew what the two algebraic variables were likely to be.… Continue reading

Toughie 2875

Toughie No 2875 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Kcit for a fairly straightforward puzzle.

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Across Clues

1a Place swathed in unadulterated colour (6)
PURPLE: insert the map abbreviation for place into a synonym of unadulterated.… Continue reading

Toughie 2873

Toughie No 2873 by Dada
Hints and tips by Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I had no idea who set this puzzle when I solved it. I suspected Dada but not enough to place a wager. 16 of the clues have unchecked first letters which together with some rather stretched synonyms made for a tougher solve than usual for a Tuesday

 

ACROSS

8a.… Continue reading

Toughie 2872

Toughie No 2872 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Clever and not as hard as the last one, enjoy!

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Across:

1     In fall from on high, jewellery found in belly-button fluff?… Continue reading

Toughie 2871

Toughie No 2871 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

We have a not-too-tricky Toughie from Silvanus today with his customary ultra-smooth surfaces and neat misdirections. Many thanks to him.

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Toughie 2870

Toughie No 2870 by Stick Insect
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *****

Greetings from the Warrington tropics!
I’m holding the fort for our Lovely Crypticsue who is meandering around the Emerald Isle for a few more days and will be back for the weekend.… Continue reading

Toughie 2869

TOUGHIE 2869 by Robyn
HINTS AND TIPS BY STEPHEN L.
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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hello everyone from a gloriously sunny South Devon coast.

Today it’s Robyn’s turn to put us through our Toughie paces. Another gem from one of my favourite setters.… Continue reading

Toughie 2868

Toughie No 2868 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A nice puzzle from sparks with some ready entries but also quite a few that had me puzzling a while. I’ve had laptop frustrations today, so no pictures, i’m afraid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2867

Toughie No 2867 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a proper Toughie with some inventive clueing – thanks to Artix. He sometimes provides us with a Nina but I can’t spot anything today.

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