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Toughie 1662

Toughie No 1662 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle of average difficulty in which only 4 down caused any significant head scratching

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Toughie 1658

Toughie No 1658 by Shamus

How’s Your French?

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

I thought this was another worthwhile solve. There weren’t too many giveaways but I managed to maintain steady progress until the end (although I took some time to work out 1 across).… Read More

Toughie 1654

Toughie No 1654 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

The NW and SE corners went in without too much difficulty but then I struggled with the other two corners (although I did miss a couple of gimmes which would have got me going on them).… Read More

Toughie 1650

Toughie No 1650 by Petitjean

Petitjean’s Posthumously Published Puzzle

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

I thought this was a bizarre mixture of the blindingly obvious and the somewhat obscure. I thought it was going to be a doddle when the first few answers went in very quickly but I then struggled to finish it off and writing the review was harder work than usual.… Read More

Toughie 1646

Toughie No 1646 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A gentle crossword which I rattled off while waiting for the shingles jab that the doctor had persuaded me to have. I had no problems with finding the answers or with parsing the clues

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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

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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