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Toughie 1224

Toughie No 1224 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This took me rather longer than Kcit’s puzzles usually do though I’m not sure why.

Toughie 1220

Toughie No 1220 by Petitjean

Normal Thursday Service is Resumed

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Most of this puzzle was straightforward but I slowed down a little towards the end and had difficulty in working out some of the wordplay. It just about got into the 3* difficulty zone. I think the last couple of Thursdays have spoilt me for today there were too many easy clues for my liking and I was 14 across by the puzzle

Toughie 1216

Toughie No 1216 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is the third week running that I’ve had to work hard! Today I made steady but rather slow progress until I ground to a complete halt with the NW corner still to do. After leaving it for a while I came back to it and managed to do 2 down which led me to 1 across and the rest then followed (but not very quickly). Because of my trials and the fact that it’s taken me a long time to write this blog make me obliged to give it 5* for difficulty. I think the definitions caused me more problems than the wordplay.

Toughie 1212

Toughie No 1212 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

For the second week running I filled in the right-hand side without much difficulty and then stalled on the left-hand side. Today this was more down to me than the setter because I missed one or two fairly obvious answers and should have made much quicker progress. It was another enjoyable and challenging puzzle. Thursday’s are definitely looking up

Toughie 1208

Toughie No 1208 by proXimal

Phew!

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

This is the first time I have been exposed to a proXimal Toughie and I struggled throughout. I only got one answer on my first read-through of the clues but this gave me a toehold in the SE corner from which I managed to fill the left-hand side of the grid without too many problems. I then stalled completely on the left-had side and I had to tease out just about every answer. It was definitely my slowest solve of a Toughie for a long, long time. I’m not sure why I found it so difficult because all the clues are perfectly fair and I didn’t have to do much head scratching to untangle the wordplay. I’ll be interested to know how the rest of you fared so I can see if it was just me who couldn’t get on proXimal’s wavelength.

Toughie 1204

Toughie No 1204 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I filled the grid in without much difficulty but there were four answers whose wordplay had eluded me. I have since sorted these out with varying degrees of success (from total success to total failure)

Toughie 1200

Toughie No 1200 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle from Beam which shows all his usual trademarks (single word answers, no anagrams, short clues). There was nothing too difficult although I did slow down when it came to filling in the last few answers. The time taken took me into 4* difficulty territory.

Toughie 1196

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A pleasant though not very taxing puzzle

Toughie 1192

Toughie No 1192 by Dada

Am I needed today?

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I think that I’m probably wasting my time this morning because I can’t imagine that there will be much demand for this blog. This was almost certainly the most straightforward Toughie I have ever solved. I’m always worried when I find a puzzle so easy that I’ve missed something.

Toughie 1188

Toughie No 1188 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Nowhere near as frustrating as the last Petitjean puzzle I blogged even though I struggled in the SW corner and had problems understanding some of the wordplay