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Toughie 1172

Toughie No 1162 by Petitjean

It doesn’t 5 down!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

A frustrating crossword. I did over half of it with no effort and thought it was going to be a one- or two-star difficulty puzzle. Then I started having problems though for most clues I could see what the answer must be but couldn’t unravel the wordplay. Last week I commented that it was nice not to have any tricky four-letter answers. I wish I could say the same this week. I didn’t particularly enjoy the time spent sorting out the last few answers. Because of this I upped the difficulty rating and lowered the enjoyment rating

Toughie 1168

Toughie No 1168 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I enjoyed this puzzle which I thought was somewhat more difficult than Kcit puzzles normally are. It was still fairly straightforward and, unlike last week, there were no problems in sorting out the wordplay. The diagram with its four isolated corners probably added to the difficulty although it was nice not to be held up by tricky four-letter answers

Toughie 1164

Toughie No 1164 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

My two weeks off certainly hasn’t sharpened me up because I made very hard work of this. Eventually I managed to fill in the grid in 4* difficulty time but then I had the task of working out all the wordplay. The time spent doing that certainly pushed me into 5* difficulty territory. But it was all pretty fair in the end and I enjoyed the challenge

Toughie 1152

Toughie No 1152 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another Beam puzzle with no anagrams or multi-word answers. As usual with Beam puzzles I found it quite tough and I had to think hard to justify some of the answers.

Toughie 1148

Toughie No 1148 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another disappointingly easy puzzle from Dada. It was only a slight hold-up in the NE corner that prevented me awarding it * for difficulty

Toughie 1144

Toughie No 1144 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I filled in the two long answers immediately and thought that the puzzle was going to be a doddle. It turned out to be more difficult than that and some of the wordplay was quite testing.

Toughie 1140

Toughie No 1140 by Kcit

Hints and Tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

How much correlation is there between the difficulty of the puzzle and the length of the blog? This is a short blog.

Toughie 1136

Toughie No 1136 by Dada

I didn’t get 1 across!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I had no problems until I was delayed for a while by two answers in the NE corner. There’s one clue that someone will have to explain to me.

Toughie 1132

Toughie No 1132 by Giovanni

It didn’t cause much bother

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I didn’t find this particularly difficult despite the presence of several unfamiliar answers and the thought needed to work out the wordplay for the last 2 or 3 answers

Toughie 1128

Toughie No 1128 by Firefly

Not much of a tester

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A straightforward solve with only 19 across causing any real problem.