Author Archives: Gazza

Toughie 1677

Toughie No 1677 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I tackled this with a heavy heart having learnt the sad news about Brad and Angie. How can they possibly survive apart, having a mere $400 million between them?… Read More

Toughie 1673

Toughie No 1673 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

The promised heatwave (or at least some very pleasant sunshine) has arrived in North Devon a day late after yesterday’s rain and thunder, but better late than never.… Read More

Toughie 1669

Toughie No 1669 by Micawber

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

In the last three Wednesdays we’ve had Toughies from Dada, Elkamere and Micawber. It would suit me fine if that sequence were to be repeated ad infinitum. This one is very much at the less exacting end of Micawber’s spectrum but witty and enjoyable as always.… Read More

Toughie 1665

Toughie No 1665 by Elkamere

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

It’s a pleasant surprise to get an Elkamere puzzle on a Wednesday. This is not one of his toughest but it’s full of his trademark cunningly-disguised definitions and very enjoyable.… Read More

Toughie 1661

Toughie No 1661 by Dada

Aussie Rules

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

There are some good laughs here and I enjoyed it a lot. I only had two hold-ups – a) I didn’t know the 19a word but with three checking letters it became obvious, and b) I was reluctant to write in the 4d author because for some reason I thought his name was ten rather than nine letters long – a quick Google revealed my mistake.… Read More

Toughie 1657

Toughie No 1657 by MynoT

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

It’s turning out to be a funny old week in Toughieland – yesterday we had what I thought was the trickiest Tuesday puzzle for ages and today we have what, for me, was not far off a walk in the park (though I appreciate that the 1a phrase may cause some problems for non-cricket fans).… Read More

Rookie Corner – 123

A Puzzle by Arepo

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Toughie 1653

Toughie No 1653 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We have only two anagrams today but the puzzle has a lot of container/insertion type clues and many where we have to delete one or two letters. I thought it was not very tough and a bit bland and I’m afraid I couldn’t really work up much enthusiasm for it.… Read More

Toughie 1649

Toughie No 1649 by Micawber

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

More often than not Micawber Toughies appear on Wednesdays which means that I’m a lucky blogger. This one is as entertaining as usual. I found the top half easier than the bottom, though my misreading of the 9d clue probably contributed to that.… Read More

Toughie 1645

Toughie No 1645 by Dada

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

Dada is never less than entertaining and this one produced a lot of smiles without falling into the uber-arduous category.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.… Read More