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Toughie 2112 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2112 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome all.  Well, today we have come to the last Excalibur Toughie.  The end of an era, this is.  Fun, it was.

I found it quite a bit harder than usual for a Tuesday Excalibur, and considered rating it more for difficulty, but have a strong feeling that the trouble may have been with the solver rather than the puzzle.  Very enjoyable though, and well worth the brain strain.… Continue reading

Toughie 2096 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2096 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all. We have another enjoyable puzzle from the late Excalibur.

Definitions are underlined in the clues below and indicators are italicised when quoted in the hints.… Continue reading

Toughie 2072 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2072 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello everybody.  We have today the first of a small stock of Excalibur’s Toughies to be published posthumously.  I never met her but feel immensely privileged to have been able to blog a few of her crosswords, through which a real warmth seemed to shine. … Continue reading

Toughie 2056 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2056 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi, and welcome to another Toughie Tuesday brought to you by Excalibur, with your furry hinter here to help.  I didn’t find this too tricky but did enjoy the solve.… Continue reading

Toughie 2040 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2040 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everybody.  I didn’t have much trouble with most of this, but had to sleep on the last couple (9a/7d).  I’m not quite sure why, but it meant that I felt obliged to up the difficulty rating a little. … Continue reading

Toughie 2012 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2012 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Warm greetings, gridfellows.  Well, what a surprise – one of the most recognisable setters, and I failed to guess who it was (setter information had not been updated when I solved this). … Continue reading

Toughie 1990 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1990 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

 

Hello, everyone.  I'm standing in for Bufo today.  I found this puzzle from Excalibur to be a serious challenge that had me wondering for a while if I had bitten off more than I could chew when I volunteered to blog it.  I will be interested to see if crypticsue declares it a proper Toughie.  While I found in it a lot to ponder, I also found a lot to like.

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Toughie 1968 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1968 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi everyone.  Excalibur is here today to brighten Toughieland with a puzzle in her distinctive style.  I found it below average difficulty for a Toughie, but I had to stop and use my 28a in places. … Continue reading

Toughie 1944 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1944 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Happy 2018 to you all.  Before moving forward I shall pause very briefly to insert the word cloud of Toughie answers seen twice or more in 2017 (click for a larger version):

The new year of Toughies launches with Excalibur who has given us one which I found of back pageish difficulty and providing enjoyment aplenty. … Continue reading

Toughie 1928 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1928 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi all.  To start the Toughie week we have a puzzle in the distinctive style of Excalibur, which is to be expected, for she is today’s setter. … Continue reading