Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1680

Toughie 1680 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello ladies, gentlemen and others. I wish you a happy Tuesday, if that is not too much to hope for.

Messinae eases us into a new week of Toughies with a charade-rich romp which should be within your reach if you can cope with a hard-ish back-pager.… Read More

Toughie 1679

Toughie No 1679 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Toughie no. 112 for Elgar – that may give you a clue for the Nina, which hopefully won’t be too hard to find (once you’ve done the puzzle, that is!) – but see the end of the review if you get stuck.… Read More

Toughie 1678

Toughie No 1678 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A gentle and unexciting solve. My only question mark concerns the parsing of 1 across.

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Across

7a    AC/DC power in a CV (7)
BIODATA: ‘AC/DC (as a sexual orientation) + a hypothetical force once thought to be responsible for many natural phenomena + ‘in’ + A.… Read More

Toughie 1677

Toughie No 1677 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I tackled this with a heavy heart having learnt the sad news about Brad and Angie. How can they possibly survive apart, having a mere $400 million between them?… Read More

Toughie 1676

Toughie 1676 by Samuel

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Welcome all.  London has returned to a dull grey state, a situation which is comforting in its normality.  The weather is perfect for rowing on the Serpentine and watching the birds. … Read More

Toughie 1675

Toughie No 1675 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I always look forward to a crossword by Notabilis, because I enjoy his clueing, and I’m normally confident I can do his puzzles. Today, though, I began to worry when for some reason I only had one clue after the first pass (12a).… Read More

Toughie 1674

Toughie No 1674 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice touches and I completed it without any real difficulty. The four 15-letter answers were a big help and I admit that I wouldn’t have bothered to work out their parsing had I not had a blog to write.… Read More

Toughie 1673

Toughie No 1673 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

The promised heatwave (or at least some very pleasant sunshine) has arrived in North Devon a day late after yesterday’s rain and thunder, but better late than never.… Read More

Toughie 1672

Toughie 1672 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everyone.  If Crypticsue’s comments over on the other side haven’t put you off, then welcome to today’s Tuesday Toughie Club, which comes to you once again from Surrey. … Read More

Toughie 1671

Toughie No 1671 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Gosh, my youngest (daughter Morgan, 11) has started high school. Then this morning my wife caught me by surprise by saying happy anniversary. Oh dear – better sort out a Thai lunch again, just like last year.… Read More