Category Archives: Firefly

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

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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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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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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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

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