Cephas – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 859

Toughie No 859 by Cephas

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A pleasant but untaxing start to the Toughie week.

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Toughie 699

Toughie No 699 by Cephas

Anything could happen in the next half hour…

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Tuesday does seem to be the slot for the easier Toughies, but I quite enjoyed this one.

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Toughie 631

Toughie No 631 by Cephas

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A Toughie of the kind we have been used to on a Tuesday.  Although it was not particularly hard, I made life difficult for myself by trying to fit 13 across into a (5,2,5) pattern instead of (5,7)!

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Toughie 603

Toughie No 603 by Cephas

The Ladies of the Harem (of the Court of King Caractacus)

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This standard “Tuesday” Toughie was a bit easier than last week’s Micawber. Even the large number of answers with double unches (albeit with 50% checking) couldn’t make it difficult!

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Toughie 587

Toughie No 587 by Cephas

Brush up your Shakespeare!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Apart from a couple of answers, both of which were obvious from the wordplay, this could have easily been a back-page puzzle.

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Toughie 543

Toughie No 543 by Cephas

Nice ‘N Easy does it!

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This puzzle from Cephas could easily have been a Saturday prize crossword. I’m sure the rest of the week will be more difficult.

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Toughie 523

Toughie No 523 by Cephas

As tough as a comfy pair of old slippers!

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Once again Tuesday brings us a Toughie of difficulty comparable with the regular back-page cryptic. A couple of little-known definitions were relatively easy to work out from the wordplay.

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