Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1547

Toughie No 1547 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Elkamere has a brilliant puzzle today full of slick surface readings and surprise definitions – plenty of great penny drop moments – and a few easy ones to get us started.… Read More

Toughie 1546

Toughie No 1546 by proXimal

The return of ‘Phew!’

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

It’s well over a year since I blogged a proXimal puzzle but I had remembered that they tend to be on the tricky side. This one certainly was but I managed to solve the corners in the following order: SW, NE, NW, SE.… Read More

Toughie 1545

Toughie No 1545 by Shamus

The Italian Job

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I normally enjoy a Shamus Toughie but I was slightly disappointed by this one. The two long down answers pretty much wrote themselves in and there wasn’t too much to get excited about in the rest of the puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1544

Toughie No 1544 by Dada

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **

An oddly Giovanni-like offering from Dada today, but with a rather rushed feel about it. This week’s Rookie Corner puzzle by Maize is much more polished and satisfying and I urge you to do it if you haven’t already.… Read More

Toughie 1543

Toughie No 1543 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A cracking puzzle from Osmosis to end the week – I enjoyed this thoroughly, especially the definitions. It took me not too much over normal Toughie time. By the time you read this I’ll be on a train – see you all tomorrow!… Read More

Toughie 1542

Toughie No 1542 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A reasonably interesting puzzle of below average difficulty

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 1541

Toughie No 1541 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a pleasant puzzle of about the right level of difficulty for a midweek Toughie. Anagram lovers will be disappointed that Kcit appears to be following Beam’s lead in cutting down on them.… Read More

Toughie 1540

Toughie No 1540 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A surreal treat from Excalibur: no fewer than 16 definition clues (cryptic, straight-plus-cryptic, or double-straight), a playful parallelism, and a shapely trio. Plus the obligatory Yoda-isms (but only two, despite the Space Invaders motif  in the grid). … Read More

Toughie 1539

Toughie No 1539 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Solid and fun puzzle from Notabilis – the top half went in reasonably well and a few spicy bits in the bottom half slowed me down, but it still yielded in normal toughie time.… Read More

Toughie 1538

Toughie No 1538 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It was a surprise to discover that I’d got another Micawber Thursday puzzle so soon after his New Year’s Eve effort but I’m not complaining. It was another enjoyable puzzle that was not too difficulty

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