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Toughie 1331

Toughie No 1331 by Sparks

That’s more like a Toughie

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

A very good puzzle that gave the brain plenty of exercise. The last ones in were 9 across and 6 down which added a few minutes to my time

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Toughie 1327

Toughie No 1327 by Mynot

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A pleasant solve which just about earned the third star for difficulty. The last one in was 4 across where the unchecked letters (_E_E_A_E) were not very kind to the solver. Has MynoT given up thematic puzzles or have I missed something?

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Toughie 1323

Toughie No 1323 by Petitjean

The return of the curse of the four-letter word

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

The bottom half went in very quickly but I slowed down on the top half and finally came to a shuddering halt with 13 across still to do. After gazing at it for a long time I consulted the oracle (aka Big Dave) and he gave me his take on it useless without use but I still wasn’t convinced.… Read More

Toughie 1319

Toughie No 1319 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Another year and another Kcit Thursday puzzle. Actually I found this to be a good puzzle to start the year. It was neither too easy nor too difficult and there was just enough to give the brain a gentle workout. Just what was needed while recovering from the New Year’s Eve festivities.… Read More

Toughie 100006

Toughie No 100006 by Elkamere

7 across 8 across to you too!

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

Mrs Bufo and I are having a quiet Christmas with no visitors to cater for so around midday we went for a leisurely stroll to the pub where we had a leisurely solve of the Toughie over a leisurely drink. It couldn’t have been that difficult because it was only a one-pint puzzle but it did take me quite some time to sort out the explanations for the last couple of answers once I’d got round to blogging it.… Read More

Toughie 1312

Toughie No 1312 by Firefly

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Comments on the last weeksworth of Toughies have been: “a bit flat” (Gazza, yesterday), “run-of-the-mill” (Toro, Tuesday), “neither difficult nor enjoyable” (BD, Friday), and “bog standard” (me, a week ago). Because of this I was determined that I’d buck the trend and wouldn’t be grumpy today.… Read More

Toughie 1308

Toughie No 1308 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A bog standard puzzle.

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Toughie 1304

Toughie No 1304 by Micawber

A leg end in his own lifetime

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

An enjoyable puzzle that wasn’t all that difficult. That was fine by me because I was pushed for time this morning.

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Toughie 1300

Toughie No 1300 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A straightforward Thursday puzzle. Only the time spent justifying the last couple of answers raised it above 1* for difficulty.

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Toughie 1292

Toughie No 1292 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I made fairly slow progress to begin with while I was refamiliarising myself with Excalibur’s quirky style. It took me some time to finish off the north-east corner and that accounts for the extra half star in the difficulty rating

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