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Toughie 1439

Toughie No 1439 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice clues but it was not particularly tough. I wish that Dada would up the difficulty level. Or is it just me who’s always on the right wavelength for Dada puzzles?… Read More

Toughie 1435

Toughie No 1435 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is my first time for blogging a Samuel puzzle. The answers went in fairly easily until I was left with the last few. There were some less familiar terms which caused me problems.… Read More

Toughie 1431

Toughie No 1431 by Beam

Help!

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

This was a challenging puzzle. I filled in the grid eventually but it wasn’t until I started writing the blog that I realised how much of the wordplay I hadn’t fully understood.… Read More

Toughie 1427

Toughie No 1427 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I made slow progress until I’d cracked 2 or 3 of the anagrams. It was then plain sailing until I got to some of the accursed four-letter answers at the end.… Read More

Toughie 1423

Toughie No 1423 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gazza cornered the market in sacrificial goats this week and so got the better of the Wednesday/Thursday puzzles. This one yielded fairly readily even with its sprinkling of less familiar words.… Read More

Toughie 1419

Toughie No 1419 by Petitjean

8 across and good? No. Just good

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

I made heavy weather of this. In particular the NW corner took me longer than it should have done. But I enjoyed it and I thought it was a worthwhile Toughie

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1415

Toughie No 1415 by Beam

Hitns and tpis by Bfuo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’ve now got used to Beam’s puzzles with the short clues, single-word answers and lack of anagrams and this one yielded fairly quickly. In fact it was only a slight hold-up at the top of the diagram that pushed me into 3* difficulty territory.… Read More

Toughie 1411

Toughie No 1411 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A much more enjoyable puzzle than the last one by Firefly that I blogged. I did it in average time but then spent another few minutes pondering the last couple of bits of wordplay

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1407

Toughie No 1407 by Excalibur

I’m feeling grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Life ain’t fair! How come that Gazza seems to get decent puzzles on a Wednesday including an Elkamere one yesterday and I end up with yet more typical Thursday fare?… Read More

Toughie 1403

Toughie No 1403 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s been a long time (over 18 months) since I last blogged a Messinae puzzle and so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, it turned out to be a typical Thursday puzzle which was pleasant enough to solve but not all that difficult.… Read More