Category Archives: Toughie Crosswords

Toughie 1384

Toughie No 1384 by Sparks

Don’t call me Shirley!

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

Anoher fine puzzle from Sparks, well worthy of its Friday slot.

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Toughie 1383

Toughie No 1383 by Shamus

The setter didn’t 1 across

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another Thursday and another Toughie polished off in the dentist’s waiting room. Not that it needed much polishing off because I found it to be fairly straightforward with only a handful of clues requiring any pause for thought.… Read More

Toughie 1382

Toughie No 1382 by proXimal

“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was spot on for the level of difficulty for a Wednesday Toughie and I enjoyed solving it. There may, possibly, be a Nina in the grid – see hint for 6d.… Read More

Toughie 1381

Toughie No 1381 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A nice puzzle in the Excalibur style. Apologies for a hurried review.

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Toughie 1380

Toughie No 1380 by Elgar

100 not out!

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

Congratulations – this is Elgar’s 100th Toughie. In today’s Telegraph it says “Congratulations to Elgar on his 100th Toughie in The Daily Telegraph (plus another six Christmas Day special Toughies on the Telegraph Puzzles website).” and once again they have got it wrong.… Read More

Toughie 1379

Toughie No 1379 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This took me longer than Phi’s puzzles used to take me and was very enjoyable. I did the puzzle just before setting out for a dental appointment and so my mind may not have been fully on it.… Read More

Toughie 1378

Toughie No 1378 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’m giving this three stars for difficulty with an optional additional one if I count the extra time I spent trying to parse 19d (and I’m still not sure that I fully understand it).… Read More

Toughie 1377

Toughie No 1377 by Dada

Hints and tips by Toro

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

In 5d, Dada has scrupulously obeyed one of the five principles of 'How to avoid upsetting solvers' laid down by Alan Connor in his superb 2013 book Two Girls, One on Each Knee (7).… Read More

Toughie 1376

Toughie No 1376 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Toro

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

A quality puzzle (needless to say) that I could happily have given five stars for enjoyment if it had come up on my usual (Tuesday) watch. But Friday Toughie thrill-seekers will have been let down by the lack of difficulty.… Read More

Toughie 1375

Toughie No 1375 by Micawber

It’s homophone day

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

An enjoyable puzzle which was more difficult than I thought it was going to be after I made a bright start. After I’d filled in the grid I then had to think about the wordplay for half-a-dozen or so ‘bung-in’ entries

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