Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1424

Toughie No 1424 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Congratulations Notabilis on your 100th Toughie! What an achievement! I was impressed that the previous Notabilis toughie was readily solvable with just newspaper and pen (I was sitting in a caravan with no dictionaries or WiFi).… Read More

Toughie 1423

Toughie No 1423 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Gazza cornered the market in sacrificial goats this week and so got the better of the Wednesday/Thursday puzzles. This one yielded fairly readily even with its sprinkling of less familiar words.… Read More

Toughie 1422

Toughie No 1422 by Elkamere

Grot? Not today

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

So, what have we today? Lots of containment-type clues, lots of reversals, exactly six anagrams (as is usual from this setter), smooth surfaces and some beautifully disguised definitions – it all adds up to a very enjoyable puzzle from Elkamere.… Read More

Toughie 1421

Toughie No 1421 by Dada

Hints and tips by Toro

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

I wasn't too taken with this puzzle at first but perked up at some of the clues in the bottom half.

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Toughie 1420

Toughie No 1420 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Happy Birthday Dad! My father Gerry is visiting me from Holland for a few weeks, and today is his 86th birthday. No doubt he is delighted that I started this special day battling with the Elgar puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1419

Toughie No 1419 by Petitjean

8 across and good? No. Just good

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

I made heavy weather of this. In particular the NW corner took me longer than it should have done. But I enjoyed it and I thought it was a worthwhile Toughie

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1418

Toughie No 1418 by Micawber

“You’re never more than 6 feet from a rat”

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

This puzzle from Micawber is as entertaining as always although I found it slightly trickier than usual. There are lots of d’oh moments to enjoy.… Read More

Toughie 1417

Toughie No 1417 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Toro

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

Another high-quality Tuesday puzzle from the Don to which this rather hurried set of hints doesn't really do justice.

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Toughie 1416

Toughie No 1416 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I am trying something different today which I hope will make the puzzle more widely accessible. I’ve tried to add just a little more of the thinking involved during solving.… Read More

Toughie 1415

Toughie No 1415 by Beam

Hitns and tpis by Bfuo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’ve now got used to Beam’s puzzles with the short clues, single-word answers and lack of anagrams and this one yielded fairly quickly. In fact it was only a slight hold-up at the top of the diagram that pushed me into 3* difficulty territory.… Read More