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Toughie 1387

Toughie No 1387 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

Was it just me who was on song this morning or did others find this puzzle to be absurdly easy? It was a complete read-and-write for me except for the last two answers (4 across and 8 down) which needed a few seconds thought.… Read More

Toughie 1383

Toughie No 1383 by Shamus

The setter didn’t 1 across

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another Thursday and another Toughie polished off in the dentist’s waiting room. Not that it needed much polishing off because I found it to be fairly straightforward with only a handful of clues requiring any pause for thought.… Read More

Toughie 1379

Toughie No 1379 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This took me longer than Phi’s puzzles used to take me and was very enjoyable. I did the puzzle just before setting out for a dental appointment and so my mind may not have been fully on it.… Read More

Toughie 1375

Toughie No 1375 by Micawber

It’s homophone day

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

An enjoyable puzzle which was more difficult than I thought it was going to be after I made a bright start. After I’d filled in the grid I then had to think about the wordplay for half-a-dozen or so ‘bung-in’ entries

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

Toughie 1371

Toughie No 1371 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was plain sailing until I got becalmed in the SW corner. It was a mixture of fairly obvious answers and some where the wordplay needed teasing out.… Read More

Toughie 1367

Toughie No 1367 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another non-Toughie which wasn’t much of a challenge

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 1363

Toughie No 1363 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I had difficulty judging the difficulty of this puzzle because it was done in short bursts. This morning I was left in charge of a (nearly) 6-year-old and a dog both of whom seemed to think that I should be playing with them instead of solving a lousy crossword.… Read More

Toughie 1359

Toughie No 1359 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I started to solve this puzzle without knowing the setter which was quite nice because I had no preconceptions as to whether it was going to be a worthwhile solve or not.… Read More

Toughie 1355

Toughie No 1355 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This took me longer than average and when I’d finished the completed grid contained several tentative answers (or bung-ins) that I then had to justify. It was one of those puzzles where I couldn’t decide whether I’d enjoyed it or not.… Read More

Toughie 1351

Toughie No 1351 by Beam

Meatier but not the Meatiest

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

This took me longer than I thought it was going to after I’d filled in the NW corner with no difficulty and thought it was going to be a doddle.… Read More