Beam – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2863

Toughie No 2863 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A typical Beam puzzle with some amusing clues – thanks to him. We have the usual succinctness and, appropriately for today, the Queen is present though we have no sweetheart or ‘first letters’ clue.… Continue reading

Toughie 2847

Toughie No 2847 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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 2831

Toughie No 2831 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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 2823

Toughie No 2823 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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 2799

Toughie No 2799 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I thought that this was on the easier side for a Beam Toughie but it still required some thought to understand how some of the stretched synonyms worked.… Continue reading

Toughie 2783

Toughie No 2783 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for what I thought was a slightly easier than usual Toughie.

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Toughie 2767

Toughie No 2767 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As usual with Beam there were a couple of synonyms that required a bit of thought but I found this very much at the easier end of his spectrum.… Continue reading

Toughie 2751

Toughie No 2751 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Beam has given us a puzzle where every clue contains something chess-related. He also references Beth Harmon the fictional heroine of the film The Queen’s Gambit, which I’m looking forward to seeing.… Continue reading

Toughie 2735

Toughie No 2735 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We know what to expect from a Beam puzzle and it’s all here today including a bit of innuendo. Thanks to him.

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Toughie 2711

Toughie No 2711 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

You know what to expect from Beam and this one was probably less tricky than we sometimes get from him with the synonyms not quite as stretched as usual.… Continue reading