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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

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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

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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

Toughie 1399

Toughie No 1399 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This was a typical Kcit puzzle. It was enjoyable enough to solve but it was fairly straightforward and there was nothing in the wordplay to cause any head-scratching

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Toughie 1395

Toughie No 1395 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An interesting puzzle. There were certain things that I wasn’t 100% happy with but I enjoyed the puzzle

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Toughie 1391

Toughie No 1391 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’m feeling rather damp after having got caught in a downpour while out voting. I wondered whether there might be an election theme in today’s puzzle but I can’t see anything relevant apart from 11 down.… Read More

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