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Toughie 1312

Toughie No 1312 by Firefly

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Comments on the last weeksworth of Toughies have been: “a bit flat” (Gazza, yesterday), “run-of-the-mill” (Toro, Tuesday), “neither difficult nor enjoyable” (BD, Friday), and “bog standard” (me, a week ago). Because of this I was determined that I’d buck the trend and wouldn’t be grumpy today.… Read More

Toughie 1308

Toughie No 1308 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A bog standard puzzle.

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Toughie 1304

Toughie No 1304 by Micawber

A leg end in his own lifetime

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

An enjoyable puzzle that wasn’t all that difficult. That was fine by me because I was pushed for time this morning.

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Toughie 1300

Toughie No 1300 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A straightforward Thursday puzzle. Only the time spent justifying the last couple of answers raised it above 1* for difficulty.

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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

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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.… Read More

Toughie 1284

Toughie No 1284 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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.… Read More

Toughie 1280

Toughie No 1280 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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.… Read More

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.… Read More

Toughie 1264

Toughie No 1264 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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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.

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