Author Archives: Gazza

Toughie 1665

Toughie No 1665 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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

Toughie 1641

Toughie No 1641 by Osmosis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’ve been having intermittent Internet problems all morning so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can publish this. This is a typical Osmosis offering with lots of detailed wordplay (though with more proper names than usual) and it’s what Kitty might call a Goldilocks Toughie – not too soft, not too hard.… Read More

Toughie 1637

Toughie No 1637 by Kcit

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

Thanks to Kcit for today’s puzzle. Most of it went in without too many problems but I’ve given it an extra half of a difficulty star for the trouble I had with 10a.… Read More

Toughie 1633

Toughie No 1633 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s always a joy to solve and blog a Micawber puzzle and this one is well up there in the enjoyment stakes. I thought that it was slightly trickier than his usual offerings but that’s possibly because my little grey cells are disappearing at an ever faster rate – do let me know if you agree.… Read More