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Toughie 1292

Toughie No 1292 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I made fairly slow progress to begin with while I was refamiliarising myself with Excalibur’s quirky style. It took me some time to finish off the north-east corner and that accounts for the extra half star in the difficulty rating

Toughie 1288

Toughie No 1288 by Beam

What’s the world coming to?

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

An anagram in a Beam Toughie! I never thought I’d live to see the day. This was a tricky puzzle with a mixture of straightforward clues and some that were definitely not straightforward. Some of the wordplay needed teasing out. I enjoyed the challenge and won’t be complaining about lack of toughness this week.

Toughie 1284

Toughie No 1284 by Kcit

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

I found this to be a trickier than usual Kcit puzzle. It didn’t help that I couldn’t give it my undivided attention because I had to keep an eye on a 5-year-old at the same time that I was solving it. Even so I think it was definitely in the 4-star difficulty zone. It was an enjoyable puzzle in which some of the wordplay needed a bit of thought.

Toughie 1280

Toughie No 1280 by MynoT

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

After a three-week break I was looking forward to resuming work at the Toughie gridface but it was not to be. This was yet another puzzle that totally failed to live up to its Toughie billing and I was able to complete it without breaking sweat. Even the blogging phase was easier than usual with only 26 answers to explain. I haven’t spotted a MynoT theme. Is there one? [Perhaps you didn’t have TIME to look for one! BD]

Toughie 1268

Toughie No 1268 by proXimal

Not so ‘Phew!’

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

‘Phew!’ was my reaction to the first proXimal puzzle that I blogged and so I started this one with some trepidation. However the bottom half went in fairly quickly with the help of the two long anagrams. The top half took longer but even so I would have probably only have given the puzzle 3* for difficulty had I not spent a long time trying to suss out how the clue for 25 across worked.

Toughie 1264

Toughie No 1264 by Giovanni

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

A slow start but once I’d got started the answers went in very quickly until I was left with the final few. The double unchecked letters were a factor in the final slow-down.

Toughie 1260

Toughie No 1260 by Shamus

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was sorry to miss last week’s Micawber puzzle especially as this week’s puzzle is a more typical Thursday puzzle. There was nothing particularly difficult in it although, as often happens with Shamus puzzles, the last couple of bits of wordplay needed a little thought

Toughie 1252

Toughie No 1252 by Elkamere

Not 9 across – it didn’t take an 23 across

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

Elkamere must be mellowing with age because his puzzles these days seem nowhere near as difficult as some of his early puzzles were. I don’t mind that because this was a very enjoyable puzzle. The clue for 5 down is provided by 8 other answers. I guessed the answer to 5 down from some of the checking letters and this enabled me to work out the two other answers used in the clue that I hadn’t yet got.

Toughie 1248

Toughie No 1248 by MynoT

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found this to be very gentle fare. I suffered no hold-ups and very little thought was needed to unravel the wordplay

Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.