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Most of my hobbies are solitary – reading, running, piano playing (badly – which is why it’s not something I inflict on others!) and playing with numbers. So when I discovered this site shortly after taking up cryptic crosswords regularly, it changed everything. Now crosswords is a sociable activity and I love everything about it – the solving, the discussing … and the gatherings. If you want to actually “meet the bloggers” that is where to find us.

I started out writing occasional Monday blogs and now fill the Tuesday Toughie slot. I also sometimes team up with Dutch as KateR (kater is a Dutch kitty), and with Mr Kitty as KitKat.

Comments and questions welcome – use the email address found in my Gravatar profile.

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Toughie 1884

Toughie No 1884 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty **/*** –¬† Enjoyment ***

 

Ahoy there me hearties! Ready yer sea legs and set sail aboard the good ship Toughie, captained by MynoT, with your Kitty attempting to navigate.¬† I found this about right for this stage in the proceedings: on the Toughie scale but at the easier end of it, and enjoyed writing the hints over a breakfast of toast, beans and cackle fruit.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1880

Toughie No 1880 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty * –¬† Enjoyment ***

 

Warm greetings to you all from London.  Warbler today eases us into a new week of middle-of-the-paper puzzles with this enjoyable romp.

The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you‚Äôll find the answers inside the ¬† buttons.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1876

Toughie No 1876 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty **** –¬† Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all.¬† I hope you are well and have fresh air to breathe.¬† This is a crossword in the usual Giovanni mould, which I found not tooo full of verbal exotica but nevertheless harder than the average bear.… Read More

Toughie 1875

Toughie No 1875 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty **** –¬† Enjoyment ****

 

Hello friends.  We come to the end of the Toughie week, and to the beginning of September (how did that happen?), with another excellent Elkamere.

I‚Äôm not sure what this setter has against the ends of words, but I did find myself removing quite a few last letters here (instead of discarding them I found them a new home on this page).¬†… Read More

Toughie 1872

Toughie No 1872 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty * –¬† Enjoyment ****/*****

 

Hi all.  I found this a wonderfully fun-packed puzzle and hope you did too.

I‚Äôve often found this setter‚Äôs crosswords a little trickier than do the bulk of the commentariat, but if that‚Äôs the case today then there‚Äôll be complaints, because this gave me less trouble than most back page offerings.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1868

Toughie No 1868 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty *** –¬† Enjoyment ***

 

Alright me luvvers!¬† Today‚Äôs Toughie tips are brought to you from sunny Devon, where a clowder of kitty kin are gathered to celebrate the birthday of Mother Kitty.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1867

Toughie No 1867 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty ****/***** –¬† Enjoyment ***

 

Hello everybody, and welcome.

I haven‚Äôt done many Toughies recently but this did strike me as a ‚Äúproper‚ÄĚ one, though they do come harder.¬† I surprised myself elsewhere in the grid but had some trouble filling the NW.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1860

Toughie No 1860 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty **** –¬† Enjoyment ***

 

Happy International Cat Day!¬† The Telegraph have decreed that here in Toughie Corner we shall celebrate with¬†Giovanni.¬† I found this more of a scratching post than a delicious catnip-filled plaything and needed to put my thinking cat on.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1856

Toughie No 1856 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty *** –¬† Enjoyment ****

 

Hi Toughie-lovers.¬† Today Dada has brought us a fun puzzle with plenty of humour which I found a bit of a, well, toughie when solving but can‚Äôt really see why now.… Read More

Toughie 1852

Toughie No 1852 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating¬† –¬† Difficulty ***/**** –¬† Enjoyment **/***

 

Welcome one and all.¬† Perhaps it was just me being furry-brained, but I found this tricky.¬† I think I‚Äôm getting too old to solve at midnight as once again I was falling asleep on the grid.¬†… Read More