Chalicea – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2705

Toughie No 2705 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

Happy Birthday

to

Sir Van Morrison

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A more straightforward offering from Chalicea today which makes reviewing the puzzle a lot easier than some. Continue reading “Toughie 2705”

Toughie 2685

Toughie No 2685 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Chalicea sets a Tuesday Floughie. This is a perfect entry into Toughieland for those who are hesitating to dip a toe into the water. The only type of clue that back-page solvers might not have previously encountered is the compound anagram at 14 Down. Continue reading “Toughie 2685”

Toughie 2665

Toughie No 2665 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Barrel’s blue skies are my view this morning as I review this thirty-two clue puzzle from an anonymous setter. I think it is likely to be Chalicea Continue reading “Toughie 2665”

Toughie 2649

Toughie No 2649 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

Good morning from the bottom of our barrel. Which feels like it exists somewhere within the Arctic Circle that has a similar amount of rainfall to Welsh Wales. Continue reading “Toughie 2649”

Toughie 2629

Toughie No 2629 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

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A typical Tuesday Toughie from Chalicea. Continue reading “Toughie 2629”

Toughie 2609

Toughie 2609 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me.

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

Gdanga fellow solvers. Today’s puzzle from Chalicea is, as usual very user-friendly and a delight to solve. A smile in every corner of this puzzle that only just touches the edge of The Toughie Spectrum. Continue reading “Toughie 2609”

Toughie 2593

Toughie No 2593 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m here to be me 

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BD Rating – Difficulty **  Enjoyment ***

It is always a pleasure to solve a puzzle form Chalicea. Reviewing the puzzle doubles that pleasure. I’ll stop now before I’m accused of using the type of flattery alluded to in 26 across. Continue reading “Toughie 2593”

Toughie 2569

Toughie No 2569 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

Good morning from locked down Barrel where life is similar to the unrestricted Barrel. Not a lot going on around here. It’s sharp and sunny though which is better than grey and dreary.… Continue reading

Toughie 2554

Toughie No 2554 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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

A full house of thirty-two clues written by Chalicea greeted me when I made it to the Toughie page this morning. That’s enough to spark a smile for me. The smiles continued throughout the solve nothing onerous today. Just a lot of gentle fun. Continue reading “Toughie 2554”

Toughie 2534

Toughie No 2534 by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

As usual Chalicea had me reaching for my trusty Chambers to confirm the musical abbreviation, the bone marrow, the measuring instruments, the pugilism, and the subgroups, but all were easily derived from their respective clues and only the bone marrow was a totally new word. Continue reading “Toughie 2534”