Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1630

Toughie No 1630 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I always start with the down clues and thought I might be in for a hard time when I only solved one of them on the first read through.… Read More

Toughie 1629

Toughie No 1629 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Dada for brightening up a wet and gloomy day in North Devon with a very enjoyable puzzle. My main area of difficulty was the SE corner.… Read More

Toughie 1628

Toughie 1628 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everybody, and welcome.  Today is an excellent day to join the Tuesday Toughie club.  We have a friendly puzzle which could have flown over from the back page, brought to us on the wings of a cryptic warbler.… Read More

Toughie 1627

Toughie No 1627 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This took me into 5* time, but was nowhere near as time-consuming as last week’s proXimal. A very enjoyable puzzle from Notabilis despite what appears to be a small error.… Read More

Toughie 1626

Toughie No 1626 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I think I struggled with this more than perhaps I should have done and it took me an above-average time. But I did enjoy the challenge. The corners were done in the order NE, SW, SE, NW

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

Toughie 1625

Toughie No 1625 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

When you see Osmosis’s name on a Toughie you can be sure that you’re going to get a lot of detailed wordplay including plenty of insertions and reversals and this one certainly follows that pattern.… Read More

Toughie 1624

Toughie 1624 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Greetings, crossword chums!  This was another mystery solve for me, but it didn’t take long to work out the setter: few are so distinctive.  Quirkiness and – how shall I put this?… Read More

Toughie 1623

Toughie No 1623 by proXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Possibly because I spent a long time in the pub watching the football and arguing EU politics, completely shocked to learn that an MP who shares my views was brutally murdered for her opinions, this puzzle may have taken me longer than it should have and I was unable to muster a lot of joy.… Read More

Toughie 1622

Toughie No 1622 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I often struggle with Beam puzzles and this time I was well down the second cup of coffee before I’d filled the grid and then I spent a lot more time trying to parse some of the answers.… Read More

Toughie 1621

Toughie No 1621 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I got through most of this one reasonably quickly then was held up in the SW corner. Apart from the wordplay in 1a (which I don’t fully understand) there’s not much need for twisted knickers here, though some UK football fans may bridle at the repeated use of the word soccer.… Read More