Category Archives: Myops

Myops is John McKie who also sets the Wee Stinker in the Glasgow Herald

Toughie 1145

Toughie No 1145 by Myops

Scotland’s Future?

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

Another terrific puzzle from one of my favourite setters.… Read More

Toughie 1108

Toughie No 1108 by Myops

Boxing clever

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

A genuine Toughie and a very pleasant solve for Boxing Day morning. I made steady progress throughout although it needed a bit of thought to understand some of the wordplay. My only real difficulty was caused by my entering an incorrect answer at 26 down and then wondering why 28 across wouldn’t fit with it.… Read More

Toughie 1083

Toughie No 1083 by Myops

The Maid was in the Garden …

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

I normally struggle with Myops and today was no exception – I was held up for some time in the SE corner. As another blogger emailed this morning ‘If this is Wednesday, what on earth are we getting on Friday?’. There are some very clever clues and there is a theme (see 16d) but I can’t find a 25a so perhaps that’s a red herring.… Read More

Toughie 1033

Toughie No 1033 by Myops

A lesson in Campanology

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

I always look forward to a puzzle from Myops. This one has the usual scattering of Scottish references and some fiendish wordplay.… Read More

Toughie 997

Toughie No 997 by Myops

Games people play

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

How do you follow yesterday’s Toughie from Beam – easy, with this excellent offering from another of my favourite setters. Games, of one kind or another, are involved in many of today’s answers.… Read More

Toughie 941

Toughie No 941 by Myops

The Scottish Wordplay!

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Myops makes his first appearance of 2013 with this excellent Toughie. As a Sassenach, some of the wordplay took a bit of working out, but I think I got there in the end.… Read More

Toughie 885

Toughie No 885 by Myops

Dedicated follower of fashion

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

Bufo is taking a day off, leaving me to review this superb puzzle from Myops, one of my favourite setters. Some easier clues are intermingled with the more complex constructions, giving a way into the puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 870

Toughie No 870 by Myops

Forbidden Fruit

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

Tilsit is away this weekend on a jolly. As many of you know, Myops is one of my favourite Toughie setters, so I looked forward to this puzzle with eager anticipation. And what a joy it turned out to be.… Read More

Toughie 830

Toughie No 830 by Myops

Our Salad Days

brought to you by Antony and Cleopatra

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

Tilsit’s continuing sojourn in rainy Scotland gave us the chance to blog this excellent Toughie. A very nice mix of clues, including a couple of easily-gettable Scottish references as one might expect from one of Antony’s favourite setters.… Read More

Toughie 774

Toughie No 774 by Myops

Heavens above!

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

Tilsit is still in hospital waiting patiently for his operation so he has handed the baton to me.

It’s always a pleasure to review a Myops Toughie as you get the chance to enjoy it twice over. The blue highlighter is out in force today!… Read More