Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1249

Toughie No 1249 by Elgar

What a difference a week makes!

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

It took me almost as long to unravel the wordplay in some of these clues as it did to complete the puzzle – hence the 5-star difficulty level. This puzzle was in a different league to last Friday’s offering.

Toughie 1248

Toughie No 1248 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I found this to be very gentle fare. I suffered no hold-ups and very little thought was needed to unravel the wordplay

Toughie 1247

Toughie No 1247 by Notabilis

Mean, Moody and Magnificent

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

We have a rare visit to Wednesday territory by one of my favourite setters, Notabilis. This is not that difficult but packed with clever and entertaining clues. When I first printed the grid I was on the lookout for a Nina but if there is one it’s eluded me.

Toughie 1246

Toughie No 1246 by Shamus + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** - Enjoyment *** I didn’t find this puzzle as polished as Shamus’ last, but still quite enjoyed it.

Toughie 1245

Toughie No 1245 by Firefly

It’s all Greek to me!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of the easiest Friday puzzles for quite a while. A lot of the clues are of the kind recently described as “cut-and-paste”, requiring various bits and pieces to be added or removed.

Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.

Toughie 1243

Toughie No 1243 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Micawber is once more in cracking form – great stuff from the maestro.

Toughie 1242

Toughie No 1242 by Dada + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + BD Rating – Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ***/**** This is the second Dada I’ve reviewed, and I liked it as much as the first. Hints, should anyone need them, follow. Please correct me if you find my 20d!

Toughie 1241

Toughie No 1241 by Sparks

Neat Footwork

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

Thanks to Sparks for an enjoyable puzzle producing a number of d’oh moments.

Toughie 1240

Toughie No 1240 by Petitjean

The Grumpy Old Man is back!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I didn’t enjoy this puzzle very much first time round, and even less second time when writing the review. Many of the clues were very messy, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a good Spoonerism (the one here certainly wasn’t).