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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 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

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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

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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

Toughie 1848

Toughie No 1848 by Excalibur

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

 

Hi, and welcome all to another Tuesday Toughie.

The note by the puzzle in today‚Äôs dead tree edition of the puzzle reads, ‚ÄúCongratulations to today‚Äôs compiler on her 100th Toughie.‚Ä̬† A note from BD informs me that this is only her 98th, and our count from the list of compilers on the Telegraph website agrees.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1846

Toughie No 1846 by Shamus

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

 

Hi everybody.  As I was remiss and didn‚Äôt include pictures on Tuesday I am required to make up the time on today‚Äôs puzzle.  Or perhaps, BD had already offered it to me in Macclesfield.  One of the two.  Anyway, since I can‚Äôt say no to a bit of bloggage, here I am.… Read More

Toughie 1844

Toughie No 1844 by Giovanni

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

 

Hello, and welcome to another Toughie week.¬† Giovanni has provided a puzzle in his usual style, with friendly wordplay and slightly spikier vocab (though nothing too outlandish).¬†… Read More

Toughie 1840

Toughie No 1840 by MynoT

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

 

Hi all, for the last time from South Kensington.

Today‚Äôs crossword didn‚Äôt put up too much of a fight for the most part, with just the last couple taking a while to fall.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1836

Toughie No 1836 by Warbler

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

 

Hi all.¬† I hope you are well.¬† Today we have a nice feathery offering from Warbler, with only a few bits of beak and claw to watch out for, suitable for anyone (or at least, anyone who¬†likes anagrams)¬†to have a go at.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1832

Toughie No 1832 by Petitjean

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

 

Hello, and a welcome as warm as today‚Äôs Surrey weather to you all.¬† This is a real treat for me: a Petitjean on a Tuesday.¬† Having struggled with some of the last PJ Toughies I approached this with a little trepidation, but found it a perfect fit for the billing ‚Äď really rather gentle, with my difficulty rating just nudged up a tad because I had to guess at a spelling and also didn‚Äôt feel completely confident about one of my answers.… Read More

Toughie 1828

Toughie No 1828 by Giovanni

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

 

Hellooo, and a very Happy Tuesday to you all.¬† Your servant in all things hinty is as happy as one might expect of a kitty who recently caught a pigeon.¬†… Read More