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Toughie No 101

Toughie No 101 by Firefly

Firefly sets another very enjoyable puzzle

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

This is the latest in a run of good Toughie crosswords.  Not so Tough that you can’t finish it, but it gives you a warm glow of satisfaction when you do.  Don’t forget that the linked items usually contain information related to the answer – sometimes you may need to look at the url (the bit that starts http://).

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Toughie No 100

Toughie No 100 by Myops

The landmark 100th Toughie lived up to its name

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

Was it as good as last Friday’s?  Not quite, but a good puzzle nevertheless.  I found it difficult to get started, and had to fight my way out of the bottom right-hand corner.

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Toughie No 99

Toughie No 99 by Elgar

An excellent, challenging puzzle

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

This puzzle has 5 stars for both difficulty and enjoyment.  I knew soon after starting that it was going to be a struggle, but as I opened up each clue, I began to enjoy the contest.  I will be interested to know what Dr B, my American friend, makes of this one as some of the clues have a uniquely British flavour.  As usual, the links provide additional content which is usually useful, occassionally totally frivolous.

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Toughie No 98

Toughie No 98 by Giovanni

Another enjoyable puzzle

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

A better day on CluedUp, so these are a lot earlier than has been the norm recently.  When I first looked at the puzzle I wondered just where I was going to start, then one or two easier clues came to light and it all fell into place.  As usual, there are several clues where you need to find an answer that satisfies one part of the wordplay and rack your brains to find how on earth it fits the other – 10 across being a good example.  There are a few words which are not in the average vocabulary, but the wordplay points you in the right direction.

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Toughie No 97

Toughie No 97 by Cephas

Firm but fair

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

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are becoming a bit of a struggle with two crosswords to be blogged – I already have help on Thursday, Friday and the Saturday Review.  If you would like to help, then get in touch through Contact.  Today I have changed the format a little so that the components of the answer, and the answer itself, are in capitals.

The puzzle itself was firm but fair, apart from some of the silly three letter clues.  Peter Biddlecombe (whose Review of  last Saturday’s puzzle will be published at noon tomorrow) won’t like the grid on this one – four totally separate corners joined only in the centre.  Don’t be surprised if you get some of the answers and then struggle to find the wordplay, but then that’s why this blog is here!

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Toughie No 96

Toughie No 96 by Shamus

An enjoyable puzzle, but not too difficult

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

One or two clues you need to find the answer, and then work out the wordplay, but generally this is a solid puzzle, with none of the tenuous clues we have had recently.

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Toughie No 95

Toughie No 95 by Messinae

A really enjoyable puzzle with some literary allusions

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

I found myself appreciating this puzzle even more as I prepared the hints – there are references to three classic books, and a nursery rhyme.  While not trivially easy, this is a well constructed puzzle which is well worth the effort taken to solve.  Don’t forget the highlighted items give supplementary information and, usually, the answer.

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Toughie No 94

Toughie No 94 by MynoT

A moderately hard, but interesting puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

There are a few lesser known words in this puzzle, but overall it’s not too bad.  Don’t forget that clicking on the links will reveal items of interest, and often the answer!

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Toughie No 93

Toughie No 93 by Jed

A nice easy-going puzzle

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

You may have noticed yesterday that I made a complete hash of the wordplay for 23 down, although I did say that I was open to better interpretations.  Well, someone did post a far better interpretation, and it was two hours before I tumbled that we had been privileged to receive a fleeting visit from Firefly, yesterday’s setter.

If you have never tackled a Toughie before, then this one would be a good one with which to start, as there are no obscure words and the clues are straightforward – and you’ve got the hints below if you get stuck!

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Toughie No 92

Toughie No 92 by Firefly

A challenging puzzle

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

I was racing through this one, with thoughts of a relatively early night, when suddenly I hit a brick wall in the bottom right hand corner.  At least three out of the five difficulty stars are for this corner – see what you think.

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