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Toughie 1247

Toughie No 1247 by Notabilis

Mean, Moody and Magnificent

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

We have a rare visit to Wednesday territory by one of my favourite setters, Notabilis. This is not that difficult but packed with clever and entertaining clues. When I first printed the grid I was on the lookout for a Nina but if there is one it’s eluded me.

DT 27578

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27578

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Most of this one went in fairly quickly but I was held up by 9d and 15a (which I’d never heard of) so I’ve upped the difficulty level to three stars. Do you think that’s about right or am I way off track? Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.

Toughie 1243

Toughie No 1243 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Micawber is once more in cracking form – great stuff from the maestro.

DT 27572

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27572

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is fairly standard fare for a Tuesday – nothing too difficult and nothing too exciting. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.

Toughie 1241

Toughie No 1241 by Sparks

Neat Footwork

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

Thanks to Sparks for an enjoyable puzzle producing a number of d’oh moments.

Toughie 1239

Toughie No 1239 by Kcit

Not keen on frogs?

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

In the past I’ve not been the greatest fan of some of Kcit’s puzzles but I really enjoyed this one which I thought was pitched exactly right in terms of difficulty for a Wednesday Toughie. It’s also got a few good laughs which always help the solving and blogging process.

DT 27566

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27566

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I didn’t know the play at 13a but the wordplay is pretty clear. Other than that I had a slight hold-up in the NW corner but that was quickly resolved once I’d twigged that ‘stroke’ was a verb rather than a noun. Do let us know how you fared and what you thought.

Toughie 1235

Toughie No 1235 by Beam

Don’t Mention Brazil

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

Beam, as always in anagram-free mode, provides his usual ration of chuckles. A fair bit of thinking outside the box is needed to match up some bits of the answers to what’s in the clue – but that’s why it’s a Toughie.

DT 27560

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27560

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I didn’t have too many problems with this one once I’d corrected my spelling at 13d Do let us know how you fared and what you thought.

Toughie 1233

Toughie No 1233 by Elgar

Kipper Me Capstans!

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

Tilsit is on his hols giving me a rare opportunity to tussle with Elgar – and a thoroughly enjoyable tussle it was. He’s possibly not yet back to full ‘Cloggie’ mode but this puzzle is chock full of wonderful penny drop moments.