Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1316

Toughie No 1316 by Sparks

Season’s Greetings from the Blog that Never Sleeps

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

We have often complained that setters wear their pink fluffy slippers when setting for the Toughie series. How nice it is to have a real challenge from a setter who came to The Telegraph with a reputation for difficult but enjoyable puzzles,

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Double Toughie 100006

Double Toughie No 100006 by Elgar

“7 Down”

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

Down answers, all thematic, are similarly treated before entry. 7 Down divides them into two categories (one for each Grid), which turn out suitably labelled. Clues for symmetrically-opposite Downs (each consisting of a definition to the full answer and wordplay/letter-count for the entry), are run together in either order, though it should become clear which answer belongs to which Grid.Read More

Toughie 100006

Toughie No 100006 by Elkamere

7 across 8 across to you too!

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

Mrs Bufo and I are having a quiet Christmas with no visitors to cater for so around midday we went for a leisurely stroll to the pub where we had a leisurely solve of the Toughie over a leisurely drink. It couldn’t have been that difficult because it was only a one-pint puzzle but it did take me quite some time to sort out the explanations for the last couple of answers once I’d got round to blogging it.… Read More

Toughie 1315

Toughie No 1315 by Messinae

Play for Today

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It’s Christmas Eve and we have a themed puzzle – so no prizes for guessing what the theme is all about. We’re told in the preamble: “14 thematic answers are clued by wordplay only; of these, one answer contains all the others and one group is included both individually and collectively.” I’ve identified the 14 thematic answers with ** – obviously, because they have no definitions, there’s nothing underlined in those clues.… Read More

Toughie 1314

Toughie No 1314 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

As our usual Tuesday chappie is gallivanting elsewhere, I’ve offered to help out today. I won’t go on about the grid, but suffice it to say, it is not one of my favourites. The puzzle itself fits well into the Tuesday slot and some will like it and some won’t.… Read More

Toughie 1313

Toughie No 1313 by Elkamere

A stay of execution!

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

Having read that this was a difficult puzzle before I even started on it, I was pleasantly surprised to solve it in less than 5-star time.

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Toughie 1312

Toughie No 1312 by Firefly

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Comments on the last weeksworth of Toughies have been: “a bit flat” (Gazza, yesterday), “run-of-the-mill” (Toro, Tuesday), “neither difficult nor enjoyable” (BD, Friday), and “bog standard” (me, a week ago). Because of this I was determined that I’d buck the trend and wouldn’t be grumpy today.… Read More

Toughie 1311

Toughie No 1311 by Petitjean

Even Homer Nods

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

I’m usually a big fan of Petitjean’s puzzles but I found this one a bit flat. There is a trademark music-related clue but not much of his usual quirkiness. Am I just being a Mr Grumps? – Do let me know.… Read More

Toughie 1310

Toughie No 1310 by Warbler

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BD Rating - Difficulty */** - Enjoyment **

Whatever charm this crossword had was perhaps wasted on me as I'm suffering a heavy cold. I found it run-of-the-mill if I'm honest.… Read More

Toughie 1309

Toughie No 1309 by Osmosis

Who’s Who?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Neither difficult nor enjoyable with a lot of “messy” (for want of a better word) clues.

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