Welcome to Tough as Nails!

I promised myself I was going to get a website going by end of 2019. I didn’t quite make it, but here we are on 1/1/20 with a themeless for your solving pleasure!

Now updated with Across Lite file!

Tough as Nails Themeless #1 – Across Lite

22 thoughts on “Welcome to Tough as Nails!

  1. Just found your site from a mention by BEQ. Nice puzzle – maybe a tad tougher than a Saturday Stumper. Had to resort to google twice (37D & 47D). I appreciate the advanced biological knowledge evident in this puzzle. I’d rather see tough clues in this direction than the usual deep cuts from the world of entertainment, though I may be in the minority here 🙂

    Congratulations on your site. I bookmarked it right away. Thank you!

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  2. Too tough for me – in a good way! I look forward to being able to complete one of your puzzles without resorting to the “clear errors” feature. Thank you!

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  3. Impressive, Stella! The hardest I’ve solved in quite some time.

    I don’t understand 7-Down … unless you’re talking about, say, a horse’s ass.

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  4. Also came here from BEQ, also would love the option to subscribe so I don’t miss any of your posts! And thank you for doing this work! More diversity in puzzle creation 100%

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  5. Came from BEQ. Really difficult. Hardest by far of any xword and ended up with 8 wrong squares. That said, I truly enjoyed the attempt. Had to put it down and revisit several times just to keep moving forward. Excited for the gratification I’ll get when I complete one with no errors. Very very well done. Thank you.

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  6. Hi Stella, Evan Birnholz sent me. You hooked this economist with 15-A and a couple of corners sure were TAN. Thanks for launching this!

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  7. Themeless #2 – Wow! Another very hard puzzle. I learned a several new words and inportant facts. My final square was the intersection of 1D and 17A. It took a bit of googling to find the missing letter, Now I know who the new president of Taiwan is and also that burlesque has had a resurgence. I love this kind of education. You’re gonna make me late to work!

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  8. First of all! I just clicked on the “Reply” above that starts “Pingback”. Norton immediately put up a notification that it had blocked a “Malicious Download”.

    Now – Themeless #3 was another deliciously crunchy puzzle. Two googles (41D and 50A) to finish. Then I’m staring at GONGXIFACAY certain I had a mistake. But Google to the rescue, informing me that I had spelled FLIER wrong. I love learning new stuff from puzzles, especially from other cultures. Thank you again!

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