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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. But then I slowed down considerably and I’m not really sure why because it was all perfectly gettable and all perfectly fair.… Read More

Toughie 1347

Toughie No 1347 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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. I bet Gazza’s glad that the Wednesday and Thursday envelopes didn’t get mixed up this week

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Toughie 1343

Toughie No 1343 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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). I much prefer a Toughie that is tough because of the setter’s deviousness and misdirection rather than one that relies on unfamiliar words for its toughness.… 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

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