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Toughie 3131

Toughie No 3131 by Artix
Hints and tips by Gazza

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


A proper ‘tough’ Toughie from Artix which I progressed through steadily rather than speedily and enjoyed the whole process a lot – thanks to the setter. The last Artix Toughie I blogged (3095) contained the names of the members of Queen (which totally escaped me).
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Toughie 3095

Toughie No 3095 by Artix
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Artix makes a comparatively rare but welcome visit to Toughieland. Thanks to him for a tricky puzzle which I thoroughly enjoyed doing battle with.

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Toughie 3059

Toughie No 3059 by Artix
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

At first sight this looked pretty daunting but gradually it all came together (though more or the answers than I would have liked were written from the definition and checkers and then required post hoc rationalisation).Continue reading

Toughie 2964

Toughie No 2964 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sorry, running a bit late. I found this quite hard – I was not totally on wavelength, as they say. I still don’t fully understand 4/17d, suggestions welcome.… Continue reading

Toughie 2915

Toughie No 2915 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Phew – this is a Toughie and no mistake. Many thanks to Artix for the strenuous and enjoyable workout.

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Toughie 2887

Toughie No 2887 by Artix

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Artix has given us a proper Toughie today and no mistake. There’s a theme with masses of related references in the completed grid (a couple of which only occurred to me when I was writing the blog and there may be others which I missed completely).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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Toughie 2820

Toughie No 2820 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I got 1a then stared for a while. A slightly frustrating solve that involved (for me, anyway) a generous amount of research. However, on writing up the blog, I was able to savour the clues again and there are some very fine ones.… Continue reading

Toughie 2772

Toughie No 2772 by Artix

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some lovely clues. Took a while to get started though reasonably smooth afterwards. It took me a long time to parse 17d because I couldn’t think of a musical, hope it’s right, thoughts welcome.… Continue reading