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Toughie 1367

Toughie No 1367 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another non-Toughie which wasn’t much of a challenge

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Toughie 1363

Toughie No 1363 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I had difficulty judging the difficulty of this puzzle because it was done in short bursts. This morning I was left in charge of a (nearly) 6-year-old and a dog both of whom seemed to think that I should be playing with them instead of solving a lousy crossword.… Read More

Toughie 1359

Toughie No 1359 by Giovanni

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I started to solve this puzzle without knowing the setter which was quite nice because I had no preconceptions as to whether it was going to be a worthwhile solve or not.… Read More

Toughie 1355

Toughie No 1355 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This took me longer than average and when I’d finished the completed grid contained several tentative answers (or bung-ins) that I then had to justify. It was one of those puzzles where I couldn’t decide whether I’d enjoyed it or not.… Read More

Toughie 1351

Toughie No 1351 by Beam

Meatier but not the Meatiest

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

This took me longer than I thought it was going to after I’d filled in the NW corner with no difficulty and thought it was going to be a doddle.… Read More

Toughie 1347

Toughie No 1347 by MynoT

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Back to normal this week. I breezed through this and only the time spent sorting out the last two answers (7 down and 18 down) lifted it into the 2-star difficulty zone.… Read More

Toughie 1343

Toughie No 1343 by Elkamere

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

A thoroughly enjoyable puzzle that gave the brain a good work out. I struggled quite a lot but this may have been due to the after effects of drinking too much beer yesterday when a group of us (including Elgar and Notabilis) attended the funeral of BeRo (a Listener setter).… Read More

Toughie 1339

Toughie No 1339 by Giovanni

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this puzzle to be straightforward today despite the usual Giovanni sprinkling of less familiar answers (although the only one I needed to research was 22 across).… Read More

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

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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.… Read More