Category Archives: Firefly

Firefly is Geoff Oxley. He is also known as Glow-worm

Toughie 1223

Toughie No 1223 by Firefly

Norra Lorra Laughs

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For me this was not one of our more stimulating Wednesday Toughies (although there was a laugh, probably unintentional on the setter’s part, at 4d). There’s a theme in the puzzle based on various meanings of the answer at 26a.… Read More

Toughie 1209

Toughie No 1209 by Firefly

A Grump writes…..

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Greetings from the AAU at Calderdale Hospital. Trying to write today’s blog while having a top-up of antibiotics. However the good folk at Microsoft deemed that if you have the latest version of their product, Office 365, you have to be online to use it!… Read More

Toughie 1197

Toughie No 1197 by Firefly

Yabba Dabba Doo

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One of the easier Friday Toughies.… Read More

Toughie 1181

Toughie No 1181 by Firefly

Holy Pony!

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Batman found this fairly easy once he had solved 6 down, but he would like to point out, once again, that no true Cockney would use the rhyming word in rhyming slang – it’s boat not boat race for face, syrup not syrup of figs for wig, and so on.… Read More

Toughie 1157

Toughie No 1157 by Firefly

Wot no Elgar!

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While not particularly difficult, I thought that several of the clues were unsatisfactory, albeit easy to guess. Certainly not up to the standard we have come to expect on a Friday.… Read More

Toughie 1143

Toughie No 1143 by Firefly

Brush Up Your Franglais

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We have a theme today but it’s a theme with a twist; all the items may be found, not in 27a but in an anagram of 27a (indicated by ‘broken-down’).… Read More

Toughie 1128

Toughie No 1128 by Firefly

Not much of a tester

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A straightforward solve with only 19 across causing any real problem.… Read More

Toughie 1113

Toughie No 1113 by Firefly

Ghosts and Demons

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Not a lot of fire in this puzzle, just an occasional spark.… Read More

Toughie 1101

Toughie No 1101 by Firefly

Cogito ergo sum

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Greetings from the Calder Valley and thanks to BD and Cryptic sue for helping out over the past two weeks while I’ve been getting ready for my forthcoming stay at Calderdale’s finest NHS facility (“Number One in a field of one”).… Read More

Toughie 1087

Toughie No 1087 by Firefly

A Vintage Puzzle!

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

As you might have guessed by its appearance on a Wednesday, this is one of Firefly’s easier puzzles.… Read More