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Toughie 1260

Toughie No 1260 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was sorry to miss last week’s Micawber puzzle especially as this week’s puzzle is a more typical Thursday puzzle. There was nothing particularly difficult in it although, as often happens with Shamus puzzles, the last couple of bits of wordplay needed a little thought

Toughie 1252

Toughie No 1252 by Elkamere

Not 9 across – it didn’t take an 23 across

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

Elkamere must be mellowing with age because his puzzles these days seem nowhere near as difficult as some of his early puzzles were. I don’t mind that because this was a very enjoyable puzzle. The clue for 5 down is provided by 8 other answers. I guessed the answer to 5 down from some of the checking letters and this enabled me to work out the two other answers used in the clue that I hadn’t yet got.

Toughie 1248

Toughie No 1248 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found this to be very gentle fare. I suffered no hold-ups and very little thought was needed to unravel the wordplay

Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.

Toughie 1236

Toughie No 1236 by Notabilis

A Rare Thursday Treat

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

It was very pleasing to discover that Notabilis was making a rare Thursday appearance. I think that it’s only the fourth Notabilis puzzle that I ever have had to blog and it’s the first for 19 months. It didn’t disappoint me. I was surprised when I’d finished the puzzle to discover that it had taken me so long. I thought it was being an average 3* difficulty puzzle but the time it took me definitely took it into 4* territory. I must have been enjoying it not to notice the time passing by. This puzzle showed that it is possible to set a genuine Toughie without resorting to obscure answers or complex wordplay.

Toughie 1232

Toughie No 1232 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is the first Osmosis puzzle that I’ve had to blog in a long time and I enjoyed it. I made steady progress with only the SW corner causing a temporary halt.

Toughie 1224

Toughie No 1224 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This took me rather longer than Kcit’s puzzles usually do though I’m not sure why.

Toughie 1220

Toughie No 1220 by Petitjean

Normal Thursday Service is Resumed

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Most of this puzzle was straightforward but I slowed down a little towards the end and had difficulty in working out some of the wordplay. It just about got into the 3* difficulty zone. I think the last couple of Thursdays have spoilt me for today there were too many easy clues for my liking and I was 14 across by the puzzle

Toughie 1216

Toughie No 1216 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is the third week running that I’ve had to work hard! Today I made steady but rather slow progress until I ground to a complete halt with the NW corner still to do. After leaving it for a while I came back to it and managed to do 2 down which led me to 1 across and the rest then followed (but not very quickly). Because of my trials and the fact that it’s taken me a long time to write this blog make me obliged to give it 5* for difficulty. I think the definitions caused me more problems than the wordplay.

Toughie 1212

Toughie No 1212 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

For the second week running I filled in the right-hand side without much difficulty and then stalled on the left-hand side. Today this was more down to me than the setter because I missed one or two fairly obvious answers and should have made much quicker progress. It was another enjoyable and challenging puzzle. Thursday’s are definitely looking up