Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1664

Toughie 1664 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Hi everybody, and welcome to the Kittyland menagerie, where Auntie Kitty is 21a.  I bemoan the lack of a collective term for nieces and nephews; my favourite so far is “sibsprogs.” Or perhaps “sibspawn.”  I love them really!… Read More

Toughie 1663

Toughie 1663 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome everyone to Toughieland, today brought to you by Elgar.  For me, this puzzle elicited smiles throughout and was well worth the effort.  I found it not impenetrable and was able to get started fairly readily – and if finishing it was considerably harder work, this was at least partly down to silliness on my part.… Read More

Toughie 1662

Toughie No 1662 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle of average difficulty in which only 4 down caused any significant head scratching

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.

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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 1660

Toughie 1660 by Busman

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

It must be autumn (despite the sweltering heat) because the mahoosive house spiders have invaded.  I removed three from chez Kitty just last night and one a couple of days ago. … Read More

Toughie 1659

Toughie No 1659 by Notabilis

Hints and Tips by crypticsue

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

The list of Toughie setters hadn’t been updated overnight so it was with a certain amount of trepidation, that I stood outside the local shop, opened the paper and found that I’d got a Notabilis Toughie to review, whereupon apprehension immediately transformed into delight.… Read More

Toughie 1658

Toughie No 1658 by Shamus

How’s Your French?

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

I thought this was another worthwhile solve. There weren’t too many giveaways but I managed to maintain steady progress until the end (although I took some time to work out 1 across).… 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

Toughie 1656

Toughie 1656 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Warmest greetings all from warmest Surrey where many people are out enjoying the weather, and so too are a hoard of horrid flying bitey things.  Or maybe they have just all chosen me for their dinner.… Read More

Toughie 1655

Toughie No 1655 by Osmosis

Watch out – The Grumpy Old Man is back!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

Dutch will be away for the next three Fridays, and you will have a different blogger for each of them.

I found this puzzle to be difficult but lacking in that “je ne sais quoi”, as Jean-Luc might say.… Read More