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Toughie 2996

Toughie No 2996 by Sparks

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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

Sparks set the toughest of Toughies, but it is so cold outside, what else were you going to do with your Friday morning? Continue reading “Toughie 2996”

Toughie 2948

Toughie No 2948 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some things I didn’t know, but all fairly clued of course. I found some of this hard but there are quite a few easier clues sprinkled about the grid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2932

Toughie No 2932 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Brrr, getting cold and raining. Poor dogs are shivering too, they had a haircut yesterday. Now that they can see, they are being silly and leaping around all over the place, just the distraction you need when blogging.… Continue reading

Toughie 2916

Toughie No 2916 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks often has a Nina or gimmick, but I haven’t seen anything yet – maybe one of you will

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Toughie 2900

Toughie No 2900 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks gives us a fun pangram today

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Across

1a    Head of Playboy almost sacking cover model? (5)
PEARL: The first letter (head) of Playboy plus a 6-letter word meaning almost without the outer letters (sacking cover)

4a    Hitter hit fans of a Cardinal (9)
THIRTIETH: An anagram (fans) of HITTER HIT.… Continue reading

Toughie 2868

Toughie No 2868 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A nice puzzle from sparks with some ready entries but also quite a few that had me puzzling a while. I’ve had laptop frustrations today, so no pictures, i’m afraid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2827

Toughie No 2827 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s been some considerable time since I had the pleasure of blogging a Sparks production so I was delighted to find him appearing on a Thursday. Thanks to him for the enjoyment.… Continue reading

Toughie 2804

Toughie No 2804 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Halcyon

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

Dutch has become unexpectedly unavailable to blog today and CrypticSue (you can see Crypticsue’s blog below – BD) has suffered a power cut.

Regular commenter Halcyon has kindly provided the following hints and tips

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Toughie 2788

Toughie No 2788 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A few answers I was not familiar with and the parsing of 13a took me just over 3* time. Sparks often has a Nina of some kind, but, despite being intrigued by the double-unches, I didn’t manage to see anything – perhaps you will (ah, see comment 2 by Fez!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2764

Toughie No 2764 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A gentle offering today from Sparks. Just as well, I started this a bit late. Sparks often has a Nina of some sort but I have not yet spotted anything

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