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Toughie 1642

Toughie No 1642 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

On learning yesterday that I was to get a Shamus puzzle today I checked through the archives because I couldn’t remember how I usually fare with them. I discovered that I have never given one less than 3 stars or more than 4 stars for enjoyment.… Read More

Toughie 1638

Toughie No 1638 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Tilsit for covering for me last week when I was on the Club 18-30 knees-up in Ibiza. To be honest it was more of a Club 68-80 feet-up in Southport (and it’s not often I go somewhere these days and bring down the average age).… Read More

Toughie 1630

Toughie No 1630 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I always start with the down clues and thought I might be in for a hard time when I only solved one of them on the first read through.… Read More

Toughie 1626

Toughie No 1626 by Shamus

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

I think I struggled with this more than perhaps I should have done and it took me an above-average time. But I did enjoy the challenge. The corners were done in the order NE, SW, SE, NW

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Toughie 1622

Toughie No 1622 by Beam

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

I often struggle with Beam puzzles and this time I was well down the second cup of coffee before I’d filled the grid and then I spent a lot more time trying to parse some of the answers.… Read More

Toughie 1618

Toughie No 1618 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another enjoyable but not too difficult Micawber offering. I was making very quick progress with it until I was interrupted and lost momentum. But I still managed it in average time and my only real difficulty was in parsing several bung-ins while writing the blog

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Toughie 1614

Toughie No 1614 by MynoT

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I struggled a bit towards the end of this. I had to wait till I had all the checking letters before hazarding a guess at 6 down and 23 down and I thought it was a little unfair that there is no wordplay for these answers to confirm the guesses.… Read More

Toughie 1610

Toughie No 1610 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

After a week off I was looking forward to the challenge of a Thursday Toughie but it wasn’t to be. It was only a minor hold-up in the SE corner that took it above the 1* difficulty mark.… Read More

Toughie 1602

Toughie No 1602 by Excalibur

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

Another quirky puzzle from Excalibur and another one that I enjoyed. Three corners went in fairly readily but the SW corner held me up for a time. This was partly due to my pencilling in the enumeration of 15 across as (4,3,4) instead of (4,2,5) because once I noticed this error the SW corner yielded fairly quickly

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Toughie 1598

Toughie No 1598 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For once I am glad of a non-toughie Toughie because I have limited time before I have to go out for the rest of the day on dog/child minding duties.… Read More