Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1460

Toughie No 1460 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Well, last night Elkamere/Anax (bass) & I (guitar) did the open mic session at the Goose (or SnowGoose in full) in Macclesfield. This was a first, and none of it was prepared.… Read More

Toughie 1459

Toughie No 1459 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Once again I feel short-changed. I settled down ready to give the brain a thorough work-out only to complete the puzzle without the brain having to get out of first gear.… Read More

Toughie 1458

Toughie No 1458 by Notabilis

Other Fish to Fry

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

A warm welcome to Notabilis for his surprise visit to the midweek slot. Perhaps this one is not as tough as some of his Friday puzzles but it is very enjoyable indeed with lots of penny drop moments.… Read More

Toughie 1457

Toughie No 1457 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Toro

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

Misdirections and alternative meanings abound in this very nice puzzle from Shamus which I found more stretching than some Tuesday Toughies.

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Toughie 1456

Toughie No 1456 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I tried to this when I got home from a night out and by the early hours I had only managed the right hand side. After some sleep, I had another go and worked through NW, and eventually SW was last to be completed.… Read More

Toughie 1455

Toughie No 1455 by Dada

Bottoms up!

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

Another fairly easy puzzle from Dada, but more fun than many previous ones.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

Toughie 1454

Toughie No 1454 by Beam

No Brahms?

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

I don’t expect too many protests today that this one isn’t tough enough. There’s a lot of fairly complicated wordplay – no complaints from me on that score but I did calculate that two-thirds of the clues (20 out of 30) involve ‘container’ type constructs which does seem a bit excessive but it may be a by-product of having no anagrams at all.… Read More

Toughie 1453

Toughie No 1453 by Excalibur

Should have gone to Specsavers??

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I quite enjoyed this gentle start to the Toughie week, even though it was annoying to find the paper hadn’t got the right clue for 3d, but had instead an amended version (which matched the online version) of 4d.   … Read More

Toughie 1452

Toughie No 1452 by Osmosis

Welcome to Legoland

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I’m not sure why Osmosis retains his Friday slot, traditionally used for the tougher Toughies, as I found this one quite easy. Perhaps it’s because I have become used to the Lego-like nature of many of the clues.… Read More

Toughie 1451

Toughie No 1451 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I sailed through this and only the time spent getting the last couple lifted it above one star for difficulty. Perhaps I was fortunate in that I was familiar with all the less-familiar words

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