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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 1916

Toughie No 1916 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

A big warm hello to you all.¬† We have a Dada puzzle in today‚Äôs Toughie slot, and it‚Äôs everything I‚Äôve come to expect from him.¬† A little trickier than the Toughies we often start the week with, but repaying the extra thought with extra smiles.… Read More

Toughie 1912

Toughie No 1912 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.¬† Warbler today brings us another puzzle in her usual style: she‚Äôs so consistent I think I could reuse the introduction from a blog of any one of her recent puzzles and not go far wrong.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1908

Toughie No 1908 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hellooo-ooo-oooo!¬† Welcome to the spooky side of the blog hosted by Scaredy Kitty and featuring a Terrifying Toughie Teaser by Giovanni.¬† I‚Äôve let loose a few spirits: do come to the party!… Read More

Toughie 1904

Toughie No 1904 by Donnybrook

Hints and tips by Kitty

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Hello there.¬† It does appear that we have a new setter.¬† A warm welcome to Donnybrook — and a big Tuesday welcome to you all too.

I can find nothing online about Donnybrook the setter, but find that it is a slang term for a brawl or riot.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1902

Toughie No 1902 by Samuel

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

 

Hello, and Happy Diwali!¬† It‚Äôs also apparently International Gin and Tonic Day, so plenty of reasons to charge your glasses.¬† Other than that, it‚Äôs another perfectly ordinary Thursday, except that Bufo is busy again so I‚Äôm here to bring you Blog 101.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1900

Toughie No 1900 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all, and welcome to the decryption page for Toughie number 1900, crafted for your solving pleasure by Dada.¬† As we arrive at the turn of a century in Toughieland I glance ahead to the next millennium: if my calculations are correct — and if the series continues without interruptions — the 2000th will be on the 10th of April next year.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1896

Toughie No 1896 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi there.¬† I‚Äôm becoming more attuned to Shamus‚Äôs style than I used to be, so didn‚Äôt have too many problems with this.¬† I progressed steadily along the road to Solution, more or less top to bottom, and really enjoyed the scenery.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1892

Toughie No 1892 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Warmest greetings, one and all.¬† Giovanni has provided us with a Toughie considerably gentler than his usual, and much more aligned with the puzzles normally seen in this slot.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1888

Toughie No 1888 by Dada

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello!¬† I‚Äôm relieved to have been freed from the communication restraints imposed by International Talk Like a Pirate Day.¬† Plain English (translated from the original meows) will suffice for the hints today as Dada brings enough sparkle to the proceedings with a puzzle full of interjections, exclamations and ejaculations (in the grid, and elicited in the solver!).¬†… Read More

Toughie 1884

Toughie No 1884 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Kitty

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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