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Toughie 1610

Toughie No 1610 by Petitjean

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

After a week off I was looking forward to the challenge of a Thursday Toughie but it wasn’t to be. It was only a minor hold-up in the SE corner that took it above the 1* difficulty mark.… Read More

Toughie 1602

Toughie No 1602 by Excalibur

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

Another quirky puzzle from Excalibur and another one that I enjoyed. Three corners went in fairly readily but the SW corner held me up for a time. This was partly due to my pencilling in the enumeration of 15 across as (4,3,4) instead of (4,2,5) because once I noticed this error the SW corner yielded fairly quickly

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Toughie 1598

Toughie No 1598 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For once I am glad of a non-toughie Toughie because I have limited time before I have to go out for the rest of the day on dog/child minding duties.… Read More

Toughie 1594

Toughie No 1594 by Mynot

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

Continuing Gazza’s horse-riding analogy, I did the bottom half at a gallop and the top half at a canter. None of the obscurities caused me problems and my only doubt was the spelling of 9 across.… Read More

Toughie 1590

Toughie No 1590 by Beam

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

So we didn’t get a special birthday crossword today which is a pity. I was looking forward to a puzzle based on the life and times of Big Dave.… Read More

Toughie 1586

Toughie No 1586 by Micawber

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

A typical offering from Micawber which was most enjoyable without being too taxing. My only real problem was with 20 down where I didn’t know the drink and had to work it out from the wordplay

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Toughie 1582

Toughie No 1582 by Excalibur

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

Excalibur is the setter that polarises opinion more than any other and I dare say that I may have been critical of one or two of her puzzles in the past.… Read More

Toughie 1578

Toughie No 1578 by Busman

Not quite half-a-star difficulty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I gave the last Busman puzzle half-a-star for difficulty. This one was a little more challenging although I had solved all but 5 clues on the first read-through. The last answer in was 27 across where the incorrect enumeration had me fooled for a time.… Read More

Toughie 1574

Toughie No 1574 by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Maybe I have now got used to Beam’s style because this was by far my quickest solve of one of his puzzles. There were no significant problems once I’d stopped trying to justify SOLE for 25 down.… Read More

Toughie 1570

Toughie No 1570 by Shamus

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

It wasn’t my morning. First I had to get the breakdown people along to remove the car to a garage in order that the problem of our not being able to change gear could be fixed.… Read More