Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1440

Toughie No 1440 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Ha! By pure chance I just came across a week-old email from the Telegraph with a £50 amazon voucher for winning the Sunday Prize crossword – it was in my spam folder!… Read More

Toughie 1439

Toughie No 1439 by Dada

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice clues but it was not particularly tough. I wish that Dada would up the difficulty level. Or is it just me who’s always on the right wavelength for Dada puzzles?… Read More

Toughie 1438

Toughie No 1438 by Messinae

Only one beef today

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

Thanks to Messinae for a very pleasant puzzle with some good surface readings and several d’oh moments.

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 1437

Toughie No 1437 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

Giovanni offers us a Pangram today, though the combination of unusual words and ultra-loose definitions made it hard for me to enjoy this puzzle as much as I did last Friday’s.… Read More

Toughie 1436

Toughie No 1436 by Elkamere

Thank you for the Music

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

At last I get to blog an Elkamere puzzle – I’ve been looking forward to this. I’ve always admired Elkamere’s knack of using hidden and misleading definitions that are nonetheless tight and accurate – so much more satisfying than loose synonyms.… Read More

Toughie 1435

Toughie No 1435 by Samuel

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is my first time for blogging a Samuel puzzle. The answers went in fairly easily until I was left with the last few. There were some less familiar terms which caused me problems.… Read More

Toughie 1434

Toughie No 1434 by Micawber

Please may I have some more, sir?

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

Micawber is in a benign mood today and I wrote in my last answer with a feeling of disappointment that there were no more clues to solve.… Read More

Toughie 1433

Toughie No 1433 by Excalibur

Hints and Tips by Shropshirelad

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BD Rating – Difficulty n/aEnjoyment n/a

First time I’ve tried this, so please bear with me. Excalibur is not everyone’s favourite setter (who is?) but today’s puzzle is quite pleasant with some good clue construction and surface readings.… Read More

Toughie 1432

Toughie No 1432 by Osmosis

Moving Stuff

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

Osmosis is along today in the Friday slot and this is what I would call a typical Osmosis puzzle with lots of painstaking constructions using smaller words and pieces of words.… Read More

Toughie 1431

Toughie No 1431 by Beam

Help!

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

This was a challenging puzzle. I filled in the grid eventually but it wasn’t until I started writing the blog that I realised how much of the wordplay I hadn’t fully understood.… Read More