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Toughie 2991

Toughie No 2991 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Last Thursday we had eleven anagrams in the Firefly Toughie, this week Beam has given us his usual ration of zero. Variety is the spice of life.
I thought that Beam was being rather gentle with us today with only the wader being a new word for me.
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Toughie 2975

Toughie No 2975 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We know what to expect from Beam and he’s given us an entertaining though not too tricky puzzle. Many thanks to him and it’s good to learn from 24d that he’s in good shape.Continue reading

Toughie 2959

Toughie No 2959 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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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 2943

Toughie No 2943 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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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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Toughie 2927

Toughie No 2927 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Beam for another enjoyable and not too tricky puzzle. Most of his trademarks are here but there’s no Queen for understandable reasons and no sweetheart.

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Toughie 2911

Toughie No 2911 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Beam has given us a Toughie which is right at the easier end of his spectrum – thanks to him. The puzzle contains a number of what you might think of as either old chestnuts or well-loved clues.Continue reading

Toughie 2895

Toughie No 2895 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This was definitely at the easier end of Beam’s range and, apart from the absence of anagrams, could well have appeared as a Ray T production. So I hope those many Ray T aficionados who steer clear of Toughies will give this one a go – I think that they’ll enjoy it.Continue reading

Toughie 2879

Toughie No 2879 by Beam

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s Beam’s turn for the Thursday Toughie this week and he’s given us a fairly gentle one. Thanks to him.

In terms of difficulty this week’s Toughies seem to have been scheduled in reverse order though I’m pretty sure that Elgar will buck the trend tomorrow.… Continue reading

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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