Category Archives: Firefly

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

Toughie 1143

Toughie No 1143 by Firefly

Brush Up Your Franglais

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

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’). Luckily the anagram is a very well-known one.… Read More

Toughie 1128

Toughie No 1128 by Firefly

Not much of a tester

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

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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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment **

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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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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”).

Firefly is here today, and to be fair it’s one of the gentler Friday Toughies, but given the onslaught of seasonal challenges we will face over the next few weeks that is probably no bad thing.… 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

Toughie 1073

Toughie No 1073 by Firefly

Know Your Onions!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley! Firefly is back in the Friday slot with a puzzle that is one of the more gentle Friday challenges. I thought it a bit odd to have a few clues with the word ‘onions’ in, all of which were a particular type of clue; usually when that happens the word is hidden in the puzzle and referred to be a clue number.… Read More

Toughie 1057

Toughie No 1057 by Firefly

Childhood Memories

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

One of the problems with themed puzzles is that if the theme is cracked early on then the rest falls into place very quickly. This was certainly the case for me. The surface readings of the clues with the thematic answers are well-chosen to fit the stories associated with those places.… Read More

Toughie 1039

Toughie No 1039 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I didn’t find this too difficult but I did originally get one answer wrong so I’ve given myself a one point penalty and raised the difficulty level to 3*.… Read More

Toughie 1025

Toughie No 1025 by Firefly

Whatever happened to the Common Market?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This was to be a Batman and Robin production, but Robin was recalled at short notice for some tests in his second home.  Enjoyable, but not as tough as we have come to expect on a Friday.

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Toughie 1009

Toughie No 1009 by Firefly

Aches and Pains

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

I found this to be a good workout for a Friday Toughie. Some of the wordplay I had to derive after finding the answer, but it was all fair and square.… Read More