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Toughie 1550

Toughie No 1550 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I was on Firefly’s wavelength this morning because most of the answers went in during the first read-through and the rest followed fairly quickly. My impression when solving it was that there were too many bitty anagrams but I may be wrong about that.… Read More

Toughie 1546

Toughie No 1546 by proXimal

The return of ‘Phew!’

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

It’s well over a year since I blogged a proXimal puzzle but I had remembered that they tend to be on the tricky side. This one certainly was but I managed to solve the corners in the following order: SW, NE, NW, SE.… Read More

Toughie 1542

Toughie No 1542 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A reasonably interesting puzzle of below average difficulty

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

Toughie 1538

Toughie No 1538 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It was a surprise to discover that I’d got another Micawber Thursday puzzle so soon after his New Year’s Eve effort but I’m not complaining. It was another enjoyable puzzle that was not too difficulty

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Toughie 1534

Toughie No 1534 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another enjoyable puzzle of about average difficulty though I’ve given it an extra half-star because I ran out of steam when doing the top half

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Toughie 1530

Toughie No 1530 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I didn’t have many problems in filling in the grid but then it took me almost as long again to decide how the last couple of clues worked.… Read More

Toughie 1526

Toughie No 1526 by Micawber

That Was The Year That Was (Yet Again)

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

I think this is the first time I’ve had to blog one of Micawber’s annual reviews of the year and what a pleasure it is.… Read More

Toughie 1523

Toughie No 1523 by Firefly

Somewhere over the Rainbow

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

I’ve had to give this 4 stars for difficulty because of the ridiculous length of time it took me to see 5 down even with all the checking letters in place.… Read More

Toughie 1519

Toughie No 1519 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A pleasant puzzle from Dada. I did the left-hand side very quickly but then slowed down. I’m not sure why because there was nothing particularly obscure

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Toughie 1515

Toughie No 1515 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I was surprised when I’d finished to see how little time it had taken me. It felt like much longer. The long entries at 15,20,25 and 9 down were quickly written in and were a great help in making progress.… Read More