Firefly – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2779

Toughie No 2779 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.… Continue reading

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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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?

Thanks to Kcit.… Continue reading

Toughie 2639

Toughie No 2639 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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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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Toughie 2579

Toughie No 2579 by Firefly

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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A proper Toughie and the most fun I’ve had solving a crossword for some time, but then I’m a fan of strange and wonderful words – I did know them all and the other things I’m sure some commenters will refer to as obscurities.… Continue reading