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Toughie 1227

Toughie No 1227 by Micawber

A Nappy Event

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I must have been very good in a previous life because I’m being rewarded with more than my fair share of Micawber Toughies to blog. We have another excellent puzzle from him today, not too difficult but really entertaining.

DT 27548

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27548

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I don’t wish to be 1a but I really didn’t find much to enjoy here – it all seemed very mechanical.

Do share your thoughts on your solving experience and tell us what you liked and didn’t like about the puzzle.

Toughie 1223

Toughie No 1223 by Firefly

Norra Lorra Laughs

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

For me this was not one of our more stimulating Wednesday Toughies (although there was a laugh, probably unintentional on the setter’s part, at 4d). There’s a theme in the puzzle based on various meanings of the answer at 26a.

DT 27542

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27542

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

There are some good misdirections here and I enjoyed this puzzle a fair bit more than I usually do on a Tuesday. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.

Toughie 1219

Toughie No 1219 by Elkamere

Where’s The Monkey?

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

When I did an initial scan through the across clues I didn’t get a single answer so I thought I was in for a stiff challenge. However, the down clues were much more amenable and it all got resolved in a reasonable time. All very enjoyable but not as tough as Elkamere’s previous puzzle (1207) of three weeks ago in my opinion – feel free to disagree (I already know someone who does!).

Toughie 1218

Toughie No 1218 by Excalibur

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I fairly raced through three-quarters of this one, then had to slow up a bit in the final (SW) quadrant. Even so this puzzle scarcely lives up to its billing. The phrase ‘Tuesday Toughie’ is becoming a sort of oxymoron – I wonder whether it’s a deliberate policy to make them pretty easy at the start of the week in order to attract more new solvers or whether the editor can’t get enough of the genuine article.

Toughie 1215

Toughie No 1215 by Giovanni

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is Toughie No. 1215 but there’s no mention of Magna Carta. Giovanni usually smuggles a few obscure words into his Toughies but today there’s only one (14a) that I’d never heard of. As always with this setter the wordplay is precise and the surfaces smooth.

DT 27530

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27530

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Tuesdays don’t usually offer too much of a challenge and this one is no exception though I thought it was a smidgeon trickier than usual. Let us know how you got on.

Toughie 1211

Toughie No 1211 by Shamus

A Tidy Amount of Fun

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I wouldn’t say that this was a doddle exactly but the answers did go in pretty easily compared with last Wednesday’s Elkamere. When I first printed off the grid I was a bit concerned by the four-letter answers with the double-unches in the middle but they were all very fairly clued and didn’t pose any great problems. Thanks to Shamus for the entertainment.

DT 27524

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27524

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As is fairly usual for Tuesdays this one offered no great difficulties although an extra word appears to have crept into 19a. Let us know how you got on.