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Toughie 2193

Toughie No 2193 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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The SW corner caused the only real hold-up in what was a perfectly acceptable puzzle.

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Toughie 2177

Toughie No 2177 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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A pleasant enough puzzle from Firefly with a nod to today’s date. It caused no problems except perhaps in the NE which was the last corner to yield

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Toughie 100010

Toughie No 100010 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Kitty

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Seasonal felicitations to all you lovely setters, bloggers, solvers and lurkers.  I hope you are having the kind of time that you wish.  If not, it’ll be over soon.

Firefly has served up a feast of a puzzle with all the … well, that will become clear.

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Toughie 2130

Toughie No 2130 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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I’m pushed for time today so I was glad that solving this puzzle didn’t detain me long. It helps to know your phonetic alphabet today

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Toughie 2110

Toughie No 2110 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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7 down was the key to this puzzle. I solved the anagram early on which made the related clues much easier than they might have been. There were no major hold-ups and I enjoyed the exercise.… Continue reading

Toughie 2086

Toughie No 2086 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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It all went swimmingly until I inexplicably stalled on the final few. Maybe it’s because I didn’t find it a particularly inspiring puzzle.

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Toughie 2069

Toughie No 2069 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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This was of mixture of some pretty simple clues (e.g. 15a, 26a and 25d) giving toeholds for the solver and others requiring more thought and some GK. Thanks to Firefly for the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2049

Toughie No 2049 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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There’s nought to rattle the thoroughbreds here today and, to be honest, the puzzle won’t last long in the memory. I’m not sure that I understand 26a – it seems to be a subtractive anagram (as discussed yesterday) but I can’t see the need for an anagram at all.… Continue reading

Toughie 2021

Toughie No 2021 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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This is a fairly standard midweek Toughie – thanks Firefly. Having found the names of two UK political party leaders I was wondering whether there was a theme but nothing more came to light.… Continue reading

Toughie 1997

Toughie No 1997 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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This seemed to offer an average Wednesday level of difficulty but I’m a bit disappointed that of the four 15-letter answers three are straight anagrams and the other is a reverse anagram.… Continue reading