Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1267

Toughie No 1267 by Osmosis Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment *** This is the kind of Toughie I like – no very obscure words with the ‘toughness’ being in the wordplay and the […]

Toughie 1266

Toughie No 1266 by Messinae

Where’s Wallace?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A typical Tuesday not-very Toughie with a few smiles along the way.

Toughie 1265

Toughie No 1265 by Elgar

Watch out! Vlad’s back

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

Here’s a puzzle for those who have been complaining that the recent Toughies have not come up to the mark. Although not as ferociously difficult as some of his puzzles, at least Elgar offers value-for-money.

Toughie 1264

Toughie No 1264 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A slow start but once I’d got started the answers went in very quickly until I was left with the final few. The double unchecked letters were a factor in the final slow-down.

Toughie 1263

Toughie No 1263 by Notabilis

Engage Reverse Gear

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

As Crypticsue said yesterday Wednesday seems to be becoming the new Friday as far as Toughies are concerned. There’s some top stuff here from Notabilis with his usual number of reversals. There’s also a clue (3d) which has provoked some discussion among the bloggers but which, for me, contains an indirect anagram – I await your comments with interest.

Toughie 1262

Toughie No 1262 by Warbler

An ideal back-page puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Such a pity that we only get one Warbler puzzle a month – I would ask her for a back-page puzzle each week. As Toughies go, this was very easy, as a puzzle it was very entertaining.

Toughie 1261

Toughie No 1261 by Firefly

In a bit of a State?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Continuing a run of easier-than-usual Friday puzzles is this pleasant puzzle from Firefly. Are we being set up for a big fall next week? The only answer that gave me any trouble in parsing was 11 across, so I’ll make it my favourite.

Toughie 1260

Toughie No 1260 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was sorry to miss last week’s Micawber puzzle especially as this week’s puzzle is a more typical Thursday puzzle. There was nothing particularly difficult in it although, as often happens with Shamus puzzles, the last couple of bits of wordplay needed a little thought

Toughie 1259

Toughie No 1259 by Sparks

Please, Ladies – No Hertrionics!

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

Thanks to Sparks for a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle. I’ve bumped the difficulty rating up from three to four stars purely on account of the time I spent trying to come up with a better explanation for 16a.

Toughie 1258

Toughie No 1258 by Dada + - + - + - + - + - + - + - + BD Rating - Difficulty * - Enjoyment ***/**** More back-pager than Toughie, but nicely done.