Firefly – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2907

Toughie No 2907 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Thanks to Firefly for a pleasant Thursday Toughie. There are two words that I didn’t know which made me add an extra half-star for difficulty.

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Toughie 2843

Toughie No 2843 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Firefly has given us a theme today – I counted ten eleven (Thanks to Jonners for correcting my counting) answers fitting the theme. Thanks to Firefly.… Continue reading

Toughie 2807

Toughie No 2807 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Thanks to Firefly for an enjoyable puzzle.

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Across Clues

1a Sweet spoils hero may initially grant (11)
MARSHMALLOW: string together a verb meaning spoils, the initial letters of Hero May and a verb to grant.
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Toughie 2779

Toughie No 2779 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Stephen L is lucky to have some sun in South Devon because here in the North of the County it’s a horribly wet, cold day.

It’s Firefly on duty today (thanks to him) and he’s given us a reasonably gentle puzzle including a fairly high anagram count.… Continue reading

Toughie 2739

Toughie No 2739 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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You’ll like this puzzle if you enjoy anagrams because my anagram counter reached double figures. Whatever happened to the Telegraph rule of no more than six anagrams per puzzle?… Continue reading

Toughie 2715

Toughie No 2715 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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There’s a theme in this Toughie with a number of synonyms of the answer to 8d. Thanks to Firefly.

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Toughie 2683

Toughie No 2683 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Firefly has given us a themed puzzle based on 10a where all the themed entries (except 9a) have something extra in common, as explained in 28/17a.

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Toughie 2655

Toughie No 2655 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

No anagrams, no obscurities with the ‘toughness’ coming from the wordplay (although there are also some ‘gimmes’ to get us started) – what’s not to like?

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Toughie 2639

Toughie No 2639 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

For the most part this is pretty straightforward but for me it didn’t have a lot of pizzazz. Thanks to Firefly.

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