Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1370

Toughie No 1370 by Shamus

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found most of this fairly straightforward and I would have given it ** for difficulty but then I was held up by my final clue 9d, a phrase I didn’t know, so it merited an extra *.… Read More

Toughie 1369

Toughie No 1369 by MynoT

“You can’t see the join”

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A typical Tuesday Toughie – not too difficult but sadly lacking in sparkle.

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Toughie 1368

Toughie No 1368 by Osmosis

Rockin ‘n’ Rollin’

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

There were rather too many (five of each, highlighted in yellow below) first/last letter constructs to lift the enjoyment level of this otherwise competent puzzle.

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Toughie 1367

Toughie No 1367 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another non-Toughie which wasn’t much of a challenge

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Toughie 1366

Toughie No 1366 by Beam

Separating the Sheep from the Goats

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

As crypticsue emailed me this morning “No-one can say Ray T hasn’t given us ‘innuendo’ in his puzzle today”. This was very enjoyable but I found it (especially the left-hand side) quite tricky.… Read More

Toughie 1365

Toughie No 1365 by Messinae

Bullseye!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A puzzle that, in common with many Tuesday Toughies, would sit happily on the back page.  Thanks to Pegasus for pointing out the Nina in columns 1 and 15 which nicely ties in with 5 Down.… Read More

Toughie 1364

Toughie No 1364 by Sparks

Escape from the Labyrinth

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

An excellent puzzle to end the week. My only problem was with the wordplay for 18 Across.

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Toughie 1363

Toughie No 1363 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I had difficulty judging the difficulty of this puzzle because it was done in short bursts. This morning I was left in charge of a (nearly) 6-year-old and a dog both of whom seemed to think that I should be playing with them instead of solving a lousy crossword.… Read More

Toughie 1362

Toughie No 1362 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was helped considerably by getting the four long answers round the periphery pretty quickly and this one didn’t pose too many problems until I got to my final couple of clues in the SE corner, where some head-scratching was required.… Read More

Toughie 1361

Toughie No 1361 by Dada

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating - Difficulty **/*** - Enjoyment **

Dada or no Dada, three or four smart clues did not stop me finding this dull as dishwater, I'm afraid.

If you haven't yet, you must try Rookie Corner No.… Read More