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Toughie 1678

Toughie No 1678 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A gentle and unexciting solve. My only question mark concerns the parsing of 1 across.

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Across

7a    AC/DC power in a CV (7)
BIODATA: ‘AC/DC (as a sexual orientation) + a hypothetical force once thought to be responsible for many natural phenomena + ‘in’ + A.… Read More

Toughie 1674

Toughie No 1674 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice touches and I completed it without any real difficulty. The four 15-letter answers were a big help and I admit that I wouldn’t have bothered to work out their parsing had I not had a blog to write.… Read More

Toughie 1670

Toughie No 1670 by Beam

It’s Rekrul Day

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

A typical Beam puzzle with all his usual trademarks. I know that Beam doesn’t do anagrams so why do I still look for them? There are three instances where an answer is hidden in reverse (somebody recently referred to such an answer as a rekrul).… Read More

Toughie 1666

Toughie No 1666 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another enjoyable puzzle of average difficulty. I was not really fooled by the incorrect enumeration at 3 down in the online version (or by the rogue white square in the grid).… Read More

Toughie 1662

Toughie No 1662 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle of average difficulty in which only 4 down caused any significant head scratching

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Toughie 1658

Toughie No 1658 by Shamus

How’s Your French?

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

I thought this was another worthwhile solve. There weren’t too many giveaways but I managed to maintain steady progress until the end (although I took some time to work out 1 across).… Read More

Toughie 1654

Toughie No 1654 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

The NW and SE corners went in without too much difficulty but then I struggled with the other two corners (although I did miss a couple of gimmes which would have got me going on them).… Read More

Toughie 1650

Toughie No 1650 by Petitjean

Petitjean’s Posthumously Published Puzzle

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

I thought this was a bizarre mixture of the blindingly obvious and the somewhat obscure. I thought it was going to be a doddle when the first few answers went in very quickly but I then struggled to finish it off and writing the review was harder work than usual.… Read More

Toughie 1646

Toughie No 1646 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A gentle crossword which I rattled off while waiting for the shingles jab that the doctor had persuaded me to have. I had no problems with finding the answers or with parsing the clues

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Toughie 1642

Toughie No 1642 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

On learning yesterday that I was to get a Shamus puzzle today I checked through the archives because I couldn’t remember how I usually fare with them. I discovered that I have never given one less than 3 stars or more than 4 stars for enjoyment.… Read More