Category Archives: Excalibur

Excalibur is Nuala Considine. She was, until early 2009, the setter for the Sunday Telegraph.

Toughie 1889

Toughie No 1889 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Excalibur is a fairly rare visitor to Toughieland on Wednesdays and today she’s given us a typical example of her quirky style with some clues working much better than others.… Read More

Toughie 1868

Toughie No 1868 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Alright me luvvers!  Today’s Toughie tips are brought to you from sunny Devon, where a clowder of kitty kin are gathered to celebrate the birthday of Mother Kitty. … Read More

Toughie 1848

Toughie No 1848 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hi, and welcome all to another Tuesday Toughie.

The note by the puzzle in today’s dead tree edition of the puzzle reads, “Congratulations to today’s compiler on her 100th Toughie.”  A note from BD informs me that this is only her 98th, and our count from the list of compilers on the Telegraph website agrees. … 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’m a bit distracted of thought and bleary of eye today so I’m really not too sure what I made of this.  I didn’t have too many problems for the most part but sorting out my last few answers took some time and cogitation.… Read More

Toughie 1804

Toughie No 1804 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating  – Difficulty ** 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’t been battling so hard to keep my eyes open. … Read More

Toughie 1780

Toughie No 1780 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Hi-de-Hi campers, and welcome to another Tuesday in Toughieland.  Today’s treat is not terribly tough, and tutting at Yoda-isms I didn’t find myself doing.

The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you’ll find the answers inside the buttons. … Read More

Toughie 1766

Toughie No 1766 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An interesting puzzle in which Excalibur displays her usual quirkiness. A slow start while I was getting on the right wavelength was followed by a steady solve of most of the puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1744

Toughie 1744 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Greetings from sunny South Kensington, currently the domain of two purring kitties.  Excalibur today brings us a mostly straightforward crossword which I enjoyed solving.

The definitions are underlined in the clues below, and you’ll find the answers inside the all boxes.… Read More

Toughie 1724

Toughie 1724 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

 

Greetings, amigos.  Excalibur eases us into the Toughie week with a gentle romp full of cryptic definitions, anagrams and insertions.  The wordplay might be light and fluffy, but the overall tone feels rather dark. … Read More

Toughie 1700

Toughie 1700 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Welcome, fellow grid-fillers.  It was lovely to see some of you at York over the weekend – and to those who have yet to attend one of the get-togethers, do let me recommend these friendly gatherings. … Read More