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Toughie 1459

Toughie No 1459 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Once again I feel short-changed. I settled down ready to give the brain a thorough work-out only to complete the puzzle without the brain having to get out of first gear.… Read More

Toughie 1451

Toughie No 1451 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I sailed through this and only the time spent getting the last couple lifted it above one star for difficulty. Perhaps I was fortunate in that I was familiar with all the less-familiar words

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Toughie 1447

Toughie No 1447 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Most of it went into without difficulty but the last few needed more effort. This was partly due to self-inflicted problems such as consistently reading ‘galley’ in 16 across as ‘gallery’.… Read More

Toughie 1443

Toughie No 1443 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I never quite know what to expect with a Petitjean puzzle. Over the years I must have awarded them everything from one star to five stars for both difficulty and enjoyment.… Read More

Toughie 1439

Toughie No 1439 by Dada

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice clues but it was not particularly tough. I wish that Dada would up the difficulty level. Or is it just me who’s always on the right wavelength for Dada puzzles?… Read More

Toughie 1435

Toughie No 1435 by Samuel

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is my first time for blogging a Samuel puzzle. The answers went in fairly easily until I was left with the last few. There were some less familiar terms which caused me problems.… Read More

Toughie 1431

Toughie No 1431 by Beam

Help!

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

This was a challenging puzzle. I filled in the grid eventually but it wasn’t until I started writing the blog that I realised how much of the wordplay I hadn’t fully understood.… Read More

Toughie 1427

Toughie No 1427 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I made slow progress until I’d cracked 2 or 3 of the anagrams. It was then plain sailing until I got to some of the accursed four-letter answers at the end.… Read More

Toughie 1423

Toughie No 1423 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gazza cornered the market in sacrificial goats this week and so got the better of the Wednesday/Thursday puzzles. This one yielded fairly readily even with its sprinkling of less familiar words.… Read More

Toughie 1419

Toughie No 1419 by Petitjean

8 across and good? No. Just good

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

I made heavy weather of this. In particular the NW corner took me longer than it should have done. But I enjoyed it and I thought it was a worthwhile Toughie

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