Category Archives: Firefly

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

Toughie 1447

Toughie No 1447 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Most of it went into without difficulty but the last few needed more effort. This was partly due to self-inflicted problems such as consistently reading ‘galley’ in 16 across as ‘gallery’.… Read More

Toughie 1430

Toughie No 1430 by Firefly

Niggles but few Giggles

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

I may be unduly grouchy today as I spent a lot of the morning trying to communicate with BT staff in India about a fault on my telephone line – an activity guaranteed to raise the blood pressure.… Read More

Toughie 1411

Toughie No 1411 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A much more enjoyable puzzle than the last one by Firefly that I blogged. I did it in average time but then spent another few minutes pondering the last couple of bits of wordplay

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Toughie 1394

Toughie No 1394 by Firefly

No Pigtails?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is an enjoyable Toughie with a mini-theme relating to animals’ bits (no, not those bits).
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 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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