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Toughie 2852

Toughie No 2852 by Osmosis

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

I found parts of this quite difficult. Again, Osmosis has omitted 12/26 letters of the alphabet (though we have Z).

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Toughie 2828

Toughie No 2828 by Osmosis

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

Today’s Osmosis felt a bit easier than some of his recent puzzles. Once again, he omits eleven letters of the alphabet in his grid. I appreciated the clues more on writing up the blog than during the solve, which often happens.… Continue reading

Toughie 2812

Toughie No 2812 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis omits 11 letters from the alphabet, mostly those with high scores in scrabble. The odd one out today is a vowel, for the first time. There is no U.… Continue reading

Toughie 2796

Toughie No 2796 by Osmosis

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

Yet again, Osmosis bamboozles us by not using 11 letters of the alphabet – typically the highest scoring scrabble letters, i.e., the least frequent. However, the grid features Y’s and W’s today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2780

Toughie No 2780 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis intrigues us by omitting the highest scrabble scorers from his grid. Ten letters are missing. That includes an “L”, though, is that intentional? Is Osmosis setting himself new challenges?… Continue reading

Toughie 2756

Toughie No 2756 by Osmosis

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

Once again we are intrigued by Osmosis omitting 11 high-scoring scrabble letters from the puzzle. A slow solve for me.

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Toughie 2740

Toughie No 2740 by Osmosis

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

A gentle and most enjoyable puzzle from Osmosis, who seems to have grown an aversion to X,Y,Z, & Q. I can’t help but feel I am missing some other trick.… Continue reading

Toughie 2724

Toughie No 2724 by Osmosis

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

Osmosis gives us top quality: beautifully-crafted surface readings that nicely disguise the definitions, making for an enjoyable and satisfying solve. No sign of Q,X,Y,Z, so no pangram. Makes me wonder if I am missing something else.… Continue reading

Toughie 2708

Toughie No 2708 by Osmosis

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

Either Osmosis is becoming more devious or I’m becoming thicker – I found this hard work. We have a pangram, which has become a signature of this setter.… Continue reading

Toughie 2692

Toughie No 2692 by Osmosis

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

I found this quite hard going but that could be me. My birthday today and I kept being interrupted by nice phone calls. I’m keen to know how others found this puzzle.… Continue reading