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Toughie 1626

Toughie No 1626 by Shamus

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

I think I struggled with this more than perhaps I should have done and it took me an above-average time. But I did enjoy the challenge. The corners were done in the order NE, SW, SE, NW

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Toughie 1622

Toughie No 1622 by Beam

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

I often struggle with Beam puzzles and this time I was well down the second cup of coffee before I’d filled the grid and then I spent a lot more time trying to parse some of the answers.… Read More

Toughie 1618

Toughie No 1618 by Micawber

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

Another enjoyable but not too difficult Micawber offering. I was making very quick progress with it until I was interrupted and lost momentum. But I still managed it in average time and my only real difficulty was in parsing several bung-ins while writing the blog

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Toughie 1614

Toughie No 1614 by MynoT

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I struggled a bit towards the end of this. I had to wait till I had all the checking letters before hazarding a guess at 6 down and 23 down and I thought it was a little unfair that there is no wordplay for these answers to confirm the guesses.… Read More

Toughie 1610

Toughie No 1610 by Petitjean

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

After a week off I was looking forward to the challenge of a Thursday Toughie but it wasn’t to be. It was only a minor hold-up in the SE corner that took it above the 1* difficulty mark.… Read More

Toughie 1602

Toughie No 1602 by Excalibur

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

Another quirky puzzle from Excalibur and another one that I enjoyed. Three corners went in fairly readily but the SW corner held me up for a time. This was partly due to my pencilling in the enumeration of 15 across as (4,3,4) instead of (4,2,5) because once I noticed this error the SW corner yielded fairly quickly

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Toughie 1598

Toughie No 1598 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For once I am glad of a non-toughie Toughie because I have limited time before I have to go out for the rest of the day on dog/child minding duties.… Read More

Toughie 1594

Toughie No 1594 by Mynot

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

Continuing Gazza’s horse-riding analogy, I did the bottom half at a gallop and the top half at a canter. None of the obscurities caused me problems and my only doubt was the spelling of 9 across.… Read More

Toughie 1590

Toughie No 1590 by Beam

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

So we didn’t get a special birthday crossword today which is a pity. I was looking forward to a puzzle based on the life and times of Big Dave.… Read More

Toughie 1586

Toughie No 1586 by Micawber

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

A typical offering from Micawber which was most enjoyable without being too taxing. My only real problem was with 20 down where I didn’t know the drink and had to work it out from the wordplay

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