Category Archives: Shamus

Shamus is Philip Marlow [The fictional character Philip Marlowe, created by Raymond Chandler, lived in Shamus Town, a loosely disguised Los Angeles]. He sets puzzles as Hypnos in the Independent and Sleuth in the Financial Times. He also sets some of the questions on “Only Connect”

Toughie 1690

Toughie No 1690 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I don’t know if it was just me being obtuse but I had a very slow start and only solved two clues on the first run through. One of these answers contained a Z and so alerted me to the possibility of a pangram though I can’t say that it helped me much.… Read More

Toughie 1674

Toughie No 1674 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was an enjoyable puzzle with some nice touches and I completed it without any real difficulty. The four 15-letter answers were a big help and I admit that I wouldn’t have bothered to work out their parsing had I not had a blog to write.… Read More

Toughie 1658

Toughie No 1658 by Shamus

How’s Your French?

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

I thought this was another worthwhile solve. There weren’t too many giveaways but I managed to maintain steady progress until the end (although I took some time to work out 1 across).… Read More

Toughie 1642

Toughie No 1642 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

On learning yesterday that I was to get a Shamus puzzle today I checked through the archives because I couldn’t remember how I usually fare with them. I discovered that I have never given one less than 3 stars or more than 4 stars for enjoyment.… Read More

Toughie 1626

Toughie No 1626 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I think I struggled with this more than perhaps I should have done and it took me an above-average time. But I did enjoy the challenge. The corners were done in the order NE, SW, SE, NW

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Read More

Toughie 1608

Toughie 1608 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

 

A big hello to you all from London, where a merry (in more ways than one) group* of crossword setters and solvers has amassed.

By the paper version of today’s puzzle it says, “congratulations to today’s compiler on his 100th Toughie,” which means that it is probably a century for Shamus in Toughieland (if the Telegraph have their numbers wrong again, I’m sure BD or CS will tell us). … Read More

Toughie 1588

Toughie No 1588 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Kitty

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

 

Hello friends!  Thanks to Toro who has done a splendid job of launching the Toughie week but who has decided to scale back his blogging commitments.  I am very sad to see him go but at the same time delighted to accept the position and introduce myself as your new Tuesday Toughie girl.… Read More

Toughie 1570

Toughie No 1570 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

It wasn’t my morning. First I had to get the breakdown people along to remove the car to a garage in order that the problem of our not being able to change gear could be fixed.… Read More

Toughie 1562

Toughie No 1562 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I was surprised how quickly I finished this one. I was expecting a much stiffer challenge and thought that the 4- and 5-letter words might hold me up at the end.… Read More

Toughie 1545

Toughie No 1545 by Shamus

The Italian Job

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I normally enjoy a Shamus Toughie but I was slightly disappointed by this one. The two long down answers pretty much wrote themselves in and there wasn’t too much to get excited about in the rest of the puzzle.… Read More