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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 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

Toughie 1824

Toughie No 1824 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.¬† I‚Äôm a bit distracted of thought and bleary of eye today so I‚Äôm really not too sure what I made of this.¬† I didn‚Äôt have too many problems for the most part but sorting out my last few answers took some time and cogitation.… Read More

Toughie 1820

Toughie No 1820 by MynoT

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

 

Hi.¬† I hope you all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.¬† We return to normality with this pleasant puzzle from MynoT.¬† I was underwhelmed by a few of the surfaces and generally inclined to be grumpy today ‚Äď but perhaps I‚Äôm just suffering from the after effects of being spun around on the back page blog!… Read More

Toughie 1816

Toughie No 1816 by Giovanni

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BD Rating  РDifficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello and welcome to today’s Toughie blog, which I’m declaring a Real Life Free Zone.*

I was slow to get going but once I did I made smooth progress until the very end where the last few stragglers had me pondering… Read More

Toughie 1812

Toughie No 1812 by Warbler

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BD Rating  РDifficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Greetings from London, where I shall raise a glass to your good health.  We have a special Toughie today:

The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you’ll find the answers inside the HAPPY 100th Warbler!Read More

Toughie 1804

Toughie No 1804 by Excalibur

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BD Rating  РDifficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hi everyone.  I hope you had a lovely long weekend.  I did, though I’m not sure my liver would agree.

We return to weekdays in Toughieland (where every weekend is a long one) with a very pleasant puzzle which would have raised more smiles if I hadn‚Äôt been battling so hard to keep my eyes open.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1800

Toughie No 1800 by Giovanni

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BD Rating  РDifficulty *** Enjoyment ***

 

Welcome to another week of Toughies.

As is so often the case, I find Giovanni puzzles hard to rate for difficulty.¬† With no fiendish wordplay I filled the grid at a fast-for-Kitty pace, but did need the odd peek at references.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1796

Toughie No 1796 by MynoT

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

 

Hi all.¬† I hope you had a most enjoyable Easter weekend.¬† I‚Äôve been able to spend time with both of my siblings and their offspring, but relative peace is returning.… Read More

Toughie 1792

Toughie No 1792 by Dada

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

 

Hello hintseekers!¬† Top of the morning/afternoon/evening/night [delete as applicable] to you!¬† To bring you this puzzle, this setter has taken time off training for the London Marathon, during which he will compile an entire crossword on the run, as it were ‚Ķ¬† Yes, you read that correctly.¬†… Read More

Toughie 1788

Toughie No 1788 by Warbler

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

 

Hello gridfellows, and welcome. I was all set to bring you a bare bones blog today so as not to give the gremlins much to feed on, but pictures and a video have somehow found their way in regardless.… Read More