Author Archives: Gazza

Toughie 1829

Toughie No 1829 by Shamus

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

We’re having a spell of glorious weather in Devon at the moment and Shamus has contributed to the feeling of well-being with a very pleasant and not overly tough puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1825

Toughie No 1825 by Dada

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Dada’s not at his most inventive today but he’s still given us a number of chuckles in an entertaining puzzle. Unlike yesterday the short answers all went in fairly quickly for me, helped by the fact that there are several ‘old friends’ amongst them.… Read More

Toughie 1821

Toughie No 1821 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I couldn’t work up a great deal of enthusiasm for this puzzle – if you could then do please try to convince me that I’m wrong. It does seem to require an awful lot of abbreviations and insertions/deletions of individual letters.… Read More

Toughie 1817

Toughie No 1817 by Micawber

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

I lived in Greater Manchester for many years and know very well the area where the dreadful outrage happened so I was devastated by the events of Monday evening.… Read More

Toughie 1813

Toughie No 1813 by Petitjean

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

The store of entertaining puzzles from the late Petitjean shows no sign, so far, of running out so we have another treat from him today. There are several short anagrams and hidden words here to get us started but it does get a little bit trickier after that (it did for me anyway).… Read More

Toughie 1809

Toughie No 1809 by Shamus

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

Shamus has given us a fairly gentle Toughie today which should allow us all ample time to enjoy the welcome sunshine (well, the sun’s shining in my neck of the woods at least).… Read More

Toughie 1805

Toughie No 1805 by Micawber

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Getting a Micawber to blog on Wednesdays is always the highlight of the crossword week for me. This one was on the easier side but as enjoyable as ever (and it’s a pangram).… Read More

Toughie 1801

Toughie No 1801 by Firefly

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

Thanks to Firefly for a midweek Toughie that was pleasant enough and not ubertricky.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared with the puzzle and what you thought of it.… Read More

Toughie 1797

Toughie No 1797 by Petitjean

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

I feel privileged to be able to blog another great puzzle by the late Petitjean. There are a couple of old chestnuts but lots of his very inventive clueing.… Read More

Toughie 1793

Toughie No 1793 by Elkamere

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

Lovely jubbly! Thanks to Elkamere for an entertaining puzzle that’s not too tough but with some of his cunning misdirections.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared with the puzzle and what you thought of it.… Read More