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Toughie 2892

Toughie No 2892 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

We are again missing 12 letters of the alphabet in the grid. A tricky and nicely-crafted puzzle. I managed to complete the grid in just under 5* time but still had some parsing to do when writing up the blog!… Continue reading

Toughie 2891

Toughie No 2891 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I haven’t had the pleasure of blogging a Shamus puzzle for some considerable time so it’s great to see him back on the Toughie rota. Thanks to him for an enjoyable and reasonably gentle puzzle.Continue reading

Toughie 2889

Daily Telegraph Toughie No 2889

Hints and tips by Miffypops

Chris M Rating – Difficulty **-*** – Enjoyment ****

Toughie Setters This Week

Tuesday Robyn.  Wednesday Logman. Thursday Shamus. Friday Osmosis.

Good Afternoon from the Mohave Desert of The Midlands where the sun is threatening to boil the blood in our bodies. Continue reading “Toughie 2889”

Toughie 2888

Toughie No 2888 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A number of parsings took me into 5* time (as usual!)

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Across

1a     I tend not to mind knocking off early at work, not at all (4,7,2)

DON’T MENTION IT: An anagram (at work) of I TEND NOT TO MIN(d) without the last letter (knocking off early)

9a    Fruit carried by single Anglo-French drone?… Continue reading

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 2885

Toughie No 2885 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***

Toughie setters this week

Wed Hudson Thu Artix  Fri Elgar

Hello all from sunny South Devon.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a Chalicea puzzle for the first time.… Continue reading

Toughie 2884

Toughie No 2884 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

proXimal likes to send our brains out synonym searching, something I’m not very good at. Nonetheless, I found a solid foothold in SW and slowly climbed the grid

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2882

Toughie No 2882 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A typical Giovanni Toughie where everything, including the words you possibly didn’t know, was fairly clued Continue reading “Toughie 2882”