Category Archives: Firefly

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

Toughie 1378

Toughie No 1378 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’m giving this three stars for difficulty with an optional additional one if I count the extra time I spent trying to parse 19d (and I’m still not sure that I fully understand it).… Read More

Toughie 1362

Toughie No 1362 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was helped considerably by getting the four long answers round the periphery pretty quickly and this one didn’t pose too many problems until I got to my final couple of clues in the SE corner, where some head-scratching was required.… Read More

Toughie 1342

Toughie No 1342 by Firefly

Cave Canem

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I found this a mixture of some very easy clues (most of the twelve 4-letter ones) and others where I had to do some research to understand the answer fully. There’s a theme based on 15d (which I solved by the back-door having got 3d first).… Read More

Toughie 1328

Toughie No 1328 by Firefly

Men in skirts

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An interesting theme runs through this puzzle – solve 8 Across and the rest should fall into place.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.… Read More

Toughie 1312

Toughie No 1312 by Firefly

‘Tis the season to be grumpy

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Comments on the last weeksworth of Toughies have been: “a bit flat” (Gazza, yesterday), “run-of-the-mill” (Toro, Tuesday), “neither difficult nor enjoyable” (BD, Friday), and “bog standard” (me, a week ago).… Read More

Toughie 1296

Toughie No 1296 by Firefly

Son of Yoda

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

When I first started blogging Toughies I used to enjoy Firefly’s puzzles. No longer.

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Toughie 1279

Toughie No 1279 by Firefly

Chips or chips?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I found this one a bit of a slog with not a lot to lighten the mood and some of the clues are not very smooth. Also, I’m not at all sure that I’ve fully understood 24a so any better interpretation for that would be welcome.… Read More

Toughie 1261

Toughie No 1261 by Firefly

In a bit of a State?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Continuing a run of easier-than-usual Friday puzzles is this pleasant puzzle from Firefly. Are we being set up for a big fall next week? The only answer that gave me any trouble in parsing was 11 across, so I’ll make it my favourite.… Read More

Toughie 1245

Toughie No 1245 by Firefly

It’s all Greek to me!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

One of the easiest Friday puzzles for quite a while. A lot of the clues are of the kind recently described as “cut-and-paste”, requiring various bits and pieces to be added or removed.… Read More

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