Author Archives: Fred and Ginger

Fred and Ginger are occasional collaborators Tilsit and Crypticsue

Toughie 1895

Toughie No 1895

Hints and Tips by Fred and Ginger

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

 

It has been a while since Fred and Ginger last danced their way onto the Toughie blogging floor, but with the start of the Strictly season under way, it seemed a good time for us to collaborate and work out what Elgar had in store for us with his 121st Toughie.… Read More

Toughie 1281

Toughie No 1281 by Elgar

Chaos is come again

Hints and tips by Fred and Ginger

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

Greetings from the Locarno Ballroom, Rhyl. Your terpsichorean twosome are running a Teach Granny to Dance session.  Fred’s really proud of Ginger’s endeavours in the recent Times Crossword Championship, though he suspects she’s struck Notabilis off her Christmas Card list!… Read More

Toughie 1185

Toughie No 1185 by Sparks

Hints and tips by Fred and Ginger

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley! Sparks has stormed in today with a puzzle that is an enjoyable solve and not too taxing.… Read More

Toughie 1130

Toughie No 1130 by Excalibur

Tipsy?   Not Us!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Locarno Ballroom in Carlisle.  Ginger and I are doing the Not Totally Strictly Come Dancing Tour with the lookalikes Ben Goodman, Darcey Mussels, Craig Kenwood Mixer and Bruno Ravioli.  … Read More

Toughie 1085

Toughie No 1085 by Notabilis

Another Masterclass

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

Greetings from the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. We’re teaching three blokes called Len, Craig and Bruno and a woman called Darcey how to dance before some TV show at the weekend. Craig whinges a lot, Bruno flirts a lot and Len has a leery look in his eye.… Read More

Toughie 1077

Toughie No 1077 By Elgar

Cracking Crossword Gromit!

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

Greetings from the Locarno Ballroom in Cleethorpes where Ginger and I are tripping the light fantastic with a busload of pensioners and several gigolos named Rex. In between paso doble classes we sat and tackled today’s challenge from the hobnailed booted one.… Read More

Toughie 1041

Toughie No 1041 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Fred and Ginger

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

Greetings from the Liberace home for Aged Has-Beens. Our Friday tormentor is Notabilis who once again demonstrates the sheer elegance and quality of his clue writing in this splendid challenge.… Read More

Toughie 989

Toughie No 989 by Elgar

When the blue-eyed boy met the naughty girl!

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

 

It’s been quite a  fluffy week in Toughieland and even Elgar was definitely tending more to the pink-slippered end of the Toughie spectrum (his hob-nailed boots must be at the menders being re-sharpened!).… Read More

Toughie 985

Toughie No 985 by Osmosis

Putting faces to the names

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

Greetings from the Terpsichoreans (that’s not a recently discovered group of Greek islands!) As you may know, there was a gathering of the great and the good of the crossword world in Wapping yesterday and your dancing duo were there.… Read More

Toughie 937

Toughie 937 by Elgar

Exactly what it says on the label!

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

To review an Elgar Toughie you need to be 100% fit and have all your cryptic grey matter in fine fettle. At the moment, Fred and Ginger combined just about fit this description so have collaborated once again in order to sort out this excellent Toughie.… Read More