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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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Toughie 1582

Toughie No 1582 by Excalibur

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

Excalibur is the setter that polarises opinion more than any other and I dare say that I may have been critical of one or two of her puzzles in the past.… Read More

Toughie 1578

Toughie No 1578 by Busman

Not quite half-a-star difficulty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

I gave the last Busman puzzle half-a-star for difficulty. This one was a little more challenging although I had solved all but 5 clues on the first read-through. The last answer in was 27 across where the incorrect enumeration had me fooled for a time.… Read More

Toughie 1574

Toughie No 1574 by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Maybe I have now got used to Beam’s style because this was by far my quickest solve of one of his puzzles. There were no significant problems once I’d stopped trying to justify SOLE for 25 down.… Read More

Toughie 1570

Toughie No 1570 by Shamus

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

It wasn’t my morning. First I had to get the breakdown people along to remove the car to a garage in order that the problem of our not being able to change gear could be fixed.… Read More

Toughie 1566

Toughie No 1566 by Kcit

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

I got off to a slow start today but things improved once I had a few checking letters.

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Toughie 1562

Toughie No 1562 by Shamus

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

I was surprised how quickly I finished this one. I was expecting a much stiffer challenge and thought that the 4- and 5-letter words might hold me up at the end.… Read More

Toughie 1558

Toughie No 1558 by Beam

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

The SE corner went in fairly quickly and the NE and SW corners yielded without too many problems. The NW corner proved somewhat more difficult and the time spent getting 1 across and 7 down (where the checking letters were not very helpful) caused me to give the extra half star for difficulty

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