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Toughie 3243

Toughie No 3243 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Firefly has given us a theme today based on 13a (which is quite appropriate for me since not having had a flake of snow all through the winter I awoke this morning to find a white covering on the ground).

My progress through the puzzle started at the pace of an arthritic snail but speeded up later. I enjoyed the battle – thanks to Firefly.

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Toughie 3179

Toughie No 3179 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

There’s a theme in today’s puzzle. All the definitions shown as ‘8’ in the clues are examples of the 8d answer when it’s split 4,4. Clever!

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Toughie 3123

Toughie No 3123 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Thanks to Firefly for a decent puzzle which wasn’t too tricky and didn’t really hit the heights for me. There is a theme identified at 15d/12a.

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Toughie 3083

Toughie No 3083 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Firefly has given us an enjoyable themed puzzle with 3d providing a nudge as to the theme. There are several double unches in the grid but no answer has less than 50% of its letters checked.… Continue reading

Toughie 3035

Toughie No 3035 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Twmbarlwm

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

Good afternoon. I’m in Gazza’s Thursday chair for one week only, and what a superb puzzle this was for my first Toughie blog: beautifully composed with a wide variety of devices and deceptions, and some clever thematic clues relating to the opening solution. The difficulty rating might be a little lower for anyone who got the gateway solution quicker than I did!
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Toughie 3015

Toughie No 3015 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Firefly for an enjoyable puzzle with a theme. Thanks largely to the education offered by crosswords in the past I did know all the theme elements.Continue reading

Toughie 2987

Toughie No 2987 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I spent longer sorting out the wordplay than I did solving this Firefly puzzle. I do enjoy disentangling complicated wordplay but I was still rather glad when I got to the end of the hints.Continue reading

Toughie 2963

Toughie No 2963 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Firefly for brightening up a horribly dark squally day in North Devon. He has given us an enjoyable puzzle with an ursine theme.

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Toughie 2939

Toughie No 2939 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I found parts of this quite tricky (which I can’t blame entirely on the severe case of man flu that I’m currently suffering from) and I can’t fully understand 21a (so any suggestions there would be welcome).Continue reading

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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