Category Archives: Firefly

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

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.

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.

It’s a big weekend in the Crossword World with a certain Friday Toughie resident celebrating his 50th birthday with a couple of gatherings, one in Sheffield tomorrow, and one in London on Sunday. We will be playing our part here on the blog, pop in tomorrow lunchtime and have a look. I will be at the Sheffield gathering, along with many of the great and the good and if you can make it, I’d love to meet you. No doubt there will be photos.

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.

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*.

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.

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.

Toughie 992

Toughie No 992 by Firefly

Stressed out?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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

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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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

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.