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Toughie 3300

Toughie No 3300 by Sparks
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have an enjoyable puzzle from Sparks today. He normally includes something significant in the grid but I can’t spot anything (possibly due to the fact that I’m knackered after staying up most of the night watching the election coverage).  Thanks to him.

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Toughie 3268

Toughie No 3268 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Well that was interesting. I didn’t know who the setter was. Only just noticed it says Sparks on BigDave’s site.  There used to be a section on toughie setters in “the knowledge” on the telegraph puzzles website but it seems to have disappeared.… Continue reading

Toughie 3252

Toughie No 3252 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I found this tricky with some new words. Some references to age; I don’t know if these have special significance

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Toughie 3164

Toughie No 3164 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A pleasant respite between Elgars. I finished the grid within 2* time but parsed two while writing the blog. I haven’t spotted a Nina; maybe you will

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Toughie 3140

Toughie No 3140 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The clever device using 5 symmetric pairs (see 21a) helps the solve a lot, if you spot it early

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Toughie 3116

Toughie No 3116 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today’s pangram contains a few words I did not know. We also have an intriguing Nina. 85? I don’t think it’s a birthday. What could it be?

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Toughie 3100

Toughie No 3100 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

That was tricky! The pangram might have helped had I seen it earlier. There is a nice Nina of my favourite Wordle start words.

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Toughie 3076

Toughie No 3076 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A lovely puzzle with some nice quirks. A Nina is seen symmetrically in the grid.

Strictly I’m not allowed to advertise here, but I hope I’ll be forgiven – if you have some time tomorrow, you might like to try my puzzle in the independent

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1a    Kit he’s left out for poacher?… Continue reading