Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1596

Toughie No 1596 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Hello and welcome, clued up and clueless alike.  I hope you have had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

This is a faintly 11d but very enjoyable crossword containing several body parts from a setter who is not afraid to be a bit cheeky. … Read More

Toughie 1595

Toughie No 1595 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Kate R

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

 

Today’s Elgar will be decrypted by the mysterious Kate R.  Yes – something else for you to work out (as if the crossword wasn’t enough) …

Elgar is in his usual excellent form with a puzzle chock-a-block with clever and amusing tricks. … Read More

Toughie 1594

Toughie No 1594 by Mynot

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Continuing Gazza’s horse-riding analogy, I did the bottom half at a gallop and the top half at a canter. None of the obscurities caused me problems and my only doubt was the spelling of 9 across.… Read More

Toughie 1593

Toughie No 1593 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

This is a fairly typical Osmosis puzzle with lots of abbreviations, insertions and reversals. I solved it at a trot rather than a gallop but I quite enjoyed the ride.… Read More

Toughie 1592

Toughie No 1592 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome everybody. This is the first Samuel puzzle I have attempted properly and I very much enjoyed it.  There was some fresh clueing which really hit the spot for me as well as quite a lot of reversing and a few insertions, all of which I personally like much more than charades.… Read More

Toughie 1591

Toughie No 1591 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Sparks told us he’s going through the standard grids systematically and this is his 4th toughie in a row with double-unches (two consecutive unchecked squares). Sparks has use these for a nina before, and looking for one during the solve has made this puzzle all the more enjoyable.… Read More

Toughie 1590

Toughie No 1590 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

So we didn’t get a special birthday crossword today which is a pity. I was looking forward to a puzzle based on the life and times of Big Dave.… Read More

Toughie 1589

Toughie No 1589 by Petitjean

A cakewalk

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I am a great fan of Petitjean’s quirky puzzles but I thought that this one was probably more suited to the back page than the Toughie slot. There are some enjoyable clues but too many seemed very straightforward (especially if, as in the case of 15a, you’ve blogged pretty much the same clue in yesterday’s back-pager).… Read More

Toughie 1588

Toughie No 1588 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Hello friends!  Thanks to Toro who has done a splendid job of launching the Toughie week but who has decided to scale back his blogging commitments.  I am very sad to see him go but at the same time delighted to accept the position and introduce myself as your new Tuesday Toughie girl.… Read More

Toughie 1587

Toughie No 1587 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Back to normal – whatever that is – many thanks Kitty for standing in for me. Today’s Notabilis is a clever and fair puzzle, as always, with plenty to like – though it pulled me into 4* time as it took me a while to see some of the parsing and I thought it had a little more GK than usual, keeping the enjoyment at 3*.… Read More