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Toughie 1399

Toughie No 1399 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This was a typical Kcit puzzle. It was enjoyable enough to solve but it was fairly straightforward and there was nothing in the wordplay to cause any head-scratching

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Toughie 1395

Toughie No 1395 by Petitjean

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An interesting puzzle. There were certain things that I wasn’t 100% happy with but I enjoyed the puzzle

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Toughie 1391

Toughie No 1391 by Beam

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’m feeling rather damp after having got caught in a downpour while out voting. I wondered whether there might be an election theme in today’s puzzle but I can’t see anything relevant apart from 11 down.… Read More

Toughie 1387

Toughie No 1387 by MynoT

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

Was it just me who was on song this morning or did others find this puzzle to be absurdly easy? It was a complete read-and-write for me except for the last two answers (4 across and 8 down) which needed a few seconds thought.… Read More

Toughie 1383

Toughie No 1383 by Shamus

The setter didn’t 1 across

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another Thursday and another Toughie polished off in the dentist’s waiting room. Not that it needed much polishing off because I found it to be fairly straightforward with only a handful of clues requiring any pause for thought.… Read More

Toughie 1379

Toughie No 1379 by Kcit

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

This took me longer than Phi’s puzzles used to take me and was very enjoyable. I did the puzzle just before setting out for a dental appointment and so my mind may not have been fully on it.… Read More

Toughie 1375

Toughie No 1375 by Micawber

It’s homophone day

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

An enjoyable puzzle which was more difficult than I thought it was going to be after I made a bright start. After I’d filled in the grid I then had to think about the wordplay for half-a-dozen or so ‘bung-in’ entries

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Toughie 1371

Toughie No 1371 by Petitjean

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

This was plain sailing until I got becalmed in the SW corner. It was a mixture of fairly obvious answers and some where the wordplay needed teasing out.… Read More

Toughie 1367

Toughie No 1367 by Kcit

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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

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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