Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1609

Toughie No 1609 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a fairly typical Osmosis puzzle with some enjoyable clues but lots of ‘fiddly’ bits in the wordplay including a great number of abbreviations. On the whole I enjoy solving this type of puzzle but the constant need to add, insert or subtract individual letters can make writing the hints a bit wearisome.… Read More

Toughie 1608

Toughie 1608 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

A big hello to you all from London, where a merry (in more ways than one) group* of crossword setters and solvers has amassed.

By the paper version of today’s puzzle it says, “congratulations to today’s compiler on his 100th Toughie,” which means that it is probably a century for Shamus in Toughieland (if the Telegraph have their numbers wrong again, I’m sure BD or CS will tell us). … Read More

Toughie 1607

Toughie No 1607 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Kate R

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

 

Hello boys and girls!  Yes, Kate R is back and looking forward to seeing many of you in Derby and London.  Congratulations to the three people who cleverly guessed Kate R’s identity – for those of you still in the dark, a look at the Wikipedia entry for KateR should prove illuminating.… Read More

Toughie 1606

Toughie No 1606 by Beam

Hints and tips by Toro

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

Afternoon, all. Toro here standing in for Bufo. I’m not sure I’ve done a Beam before (wot, no anagrams?!), so I’ll leave it to you regulars to compare it with his usual work, but I found it a fairly steady and certainly satisfying solve.… Read More

Toughie 1605

Toughie No 1605 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I don’t always find Kcit to be all that enjoyable but I was pleasantly surprised by this one which has a couple of good semi-all-in-one clues. However, I did need to move on rapidly from the images which Google offered for 14d.… Read More

Toughie 1604

Toughie No 1604 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

 

Warmest greetings, my crosswordland friends.  I hope that today finds you happy and content.

I’d never actually solved a Warbler before, and there is something delightful about being introduced to a setter when in the blogging hot seat. … Read More

Toughie 1603

Toughie No 1603 by ProXimal

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I find ProXimal one of the more difficult setters and it took me close to 5* time to finish this. Plenty of inventive clueing. Enjoyment increased when I was writing the review, as you’ll see!… Read More

Toughie 1602

Toughie No 1602 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Another quirky puzzle from Excalibur and another one that I enjoyed. Three corners went in fairly readily but the SW corner held me up for a time. This was partly due to my pencilling in the enumeration of 15 across as (4,3,4) instead of (4,2,5) because once I noticed this error the SW corner yielded fairly quickly

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

Toughie 1601

Toughie No 1601 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is not one of Micawber’s more difficult puzzles but, as always, it’s really enjoyable. My last answer was 6d – I had to rack my brains to remember the phrase for a life of ease, which I think has fallen out of fashion.… Read More

Toughie 1600

Toughie No 1600 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

Welcome all to the start of a new Toughie week.  A little drop of rain has (along with many of its bigger friends) come to my part of the world, but it will make the flowers grow.  … Read More