Category Archives: Firefly

Firefly is also known as Glow-worm

Toughie 1009

Toughie No 1009 by Firefly

Aches and Pains

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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.

Toughie 992

Toughie No 992 by Firefly

Stressed out?

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I had no problem at all with the top half. The bottom half required a little more thought. Filling in the grid proved not to be too difficult but I had problems untangling some of the wordplay.

Toughie 975

Toughie No 975 by Firefly

Cor, Blimey!

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There’s a nice theme in this puzzle, based on the comic actor who was born 100 years ago today. Once I’d got his name it wasn’t too difficult to get most of the answers although I had to think about a few bits of the wordplay. There seemed to be a quite a few clues requiring us to delete one or more letters from what we’d put together.

Toughie 961

Toughie No 961 by Firefly

An eXercise in eXtrapolation

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In my opinion, most of Firefly’s recent puzzles have not been up to the high standard he set in his early Toughies. This one is back to his best, and well worthy of the Friday slot.

Toughie 943

Toughie No 943 by Firefly

Multiple Jeopardy

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The weather is freezing, the Telegraph Puzzles site is having another spell of misbehaviour and pommers has resigned as a blogger (we will miss you, pommers, if you’re still reading this). So, is there any good news? In today’s puzzle there’s a mini-theme of synonyms for 17d, but overall I thought that many of the clues were fairly mechanical.

Toughie 927

Toughie No 927 by Firefly

Jordan’s Outstanding Feature

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If you like long anagrams with odd bits removed from the fodder you’ll probably love this puzzle. It has a theme based on Jordan’s premier tourist attraction. Let us know how you got on.

Toughie 912

Toughie No 912 by Firefly

The Bhurtum (4,2,3,4)?

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I got the four perimeter answers very quickly. Thereafter it was a steady solve though it was slightly trickier than I thought it was going to be.

Toughie 902

Toughie No 902 by Firefly

Compliments of the Season

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Firefly is not often seen in the Tuesday slot, but it didn’t take long to see why he was selected for today. A fairly predictable theme with some scrappy wordplay.

Toughie 880

Toughie No 880 by Firefly

Methought I was Enamoured of an Ass

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Firefly has given us an entertaining puzzle with a Shakespearean theme (explained at 5d). Let us know how you got on.

Toughie 862

Toughie No 862 by Firefly

A Load of Rubbish? No! Well…. Yes!

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Greetings from the Calder Valley. Firefly fills the Friday slot today with an amiable challenge, although it didn’t help me by putting the wrong answer in to 12ac as my first entry!

Nina fans will notice something along the top and bottom rows that link into the theme of 11 across, which also defines a number of answers, hence my title to today’s blog! There are a couple of clues that personally make me suck my teeth, but overall it’s a worthy Friday challenge.