Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1250

Toughie No 1250 by Excalibur + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment *** Even for those of us who are not too fussed about anagram quotas, thirteen is surely on the high side. Still, they make for some nice surface readings in this Excalibur puzzle. […]

Toughie 1249

Toughie No 1249 by Elgar

What a difference a week makes!

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

It took me almost as long to unravel the wordplay in some of these clues as it did to complete the puzzle – hence the 5-star difficulty level. This puzzle was in a different league to last Friday’s offering.

Toughie 1248

Toughie No 1248 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found this to be very gentle fare. I suffered no hold-ups and very little thought was needed to unravel the wordplay

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.

Toughie 1246

Toughie No 1246 by Shamus + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** - Enjoyment *** I didn’t find this puzzle as polished as Shamus’ last, but still quite enjoyed it.

Toughie 1245

Toughie No 1245 by Firefly

It’s all Greek to me!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of the easiest Friday puzzles for quite a while. A lot of the clues are of the kind recently described as “cut-and-paste”, requiring various bits and pieces to be added or removed.

Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.

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.

Toughie 1242

Toughie No 1242 by Dada + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ***/**** This is the second Dada I’ve reviewed, and I liked it as much as the first. Hints, should anyone need them, follow. Please correct me if you find my 20d!

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.