Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1646

Toughie No 1646 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A gentle crossword which I rattled off while waiting for the shingles jab that the doctor had persuaded me to have. I had no problems with finding the answers or with parsing the clues

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Toughie 1645

Toughie No 1645 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Dada is never less than entertaining and this one produced a lot of smiles without falling into the uber-arduous category.

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Toughie 1644

Toughie 1644 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

 

Ah, Tuesdays: the Mondays of the Toughie week.  Today’s Toughie is brought to you once again by your friendly* Kitty.  I hope you are in the pink.

This Excalibur puzzle didn’t put up too much of a fight, nor did it create any major hmms or grrs. … Read More

Toughie 1643

Toughie No 1643 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Notabilis’s usual smooth surfaces, clean elegant wordplay and nicely disguised definitions make for another enjoyable puzzle today. This took me over 3* time since I struggled to finish the left hand side.… Read More

Toughie 1642

Toughie No 1642 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

On learning yesterday that I was to get a Shamus puzzle today I checked through the archives because I couldn’t remember how I usually fare with them. I discovered that I have never given one less than 3 stars or more than 4 stars for enjoyment.… Read More

Toughie 1641

Toughie No 1641 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I’ve been having intermittent Internet problems all morning so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can publish this. This is a typical Osmosis offering with lots of detailed wordplay (though with more proper names than usual) and it’s what Kitty might call a Goldilocks Toughie – not too soft, not too hard.… Read More

Toughie 1640

Toughie 1640 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everybody from a sweltering South Kensington, where your Kitty is keeping cool by hiding in the shade, worshipping the gods of air conditioning (they’ll be scientists and engineers).… Read More

Toughie 1639

Toughie No 1639 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

Another great puzzle from Elgar. This one took me 4* time and it is full of great clues that should keep everyone happy. Enjoy! I hope you like it as much as I did.… Read More

Toughie 1638

Toughie No 1638 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Tilsit for covering for me last week when I was on the Club 18-30 knees-up in Ibiza. To be honest it was more of a Club 68-80 feet-up in Southport (and it’s not often I go somewhere these days and bring down the average age).… Read More

Toughie 1637

Toughie No 1637 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Kcit for today’s puzzle. Most of it went in without too many problems but I’ve given it an extra half of a difficulty star for the trouble I had with 10a.… Read More