New Year’s Eve Toughie No 277 by Elgar
2 + 9 = 15
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ****
Elgar gives us yet another treat and a completely unexpected theme linking all of the answers. All answers contain at least one instance of the letters RE, which are ignored in the wordplay – except for 10a, which is odd (unless I’m missing something). The first number in brackets refers to the number of letters used in the wordplay.
My favourite clues are shown in blue (although it feels like a slightly odd thing to do – normally I’d highlight such clues only if they adhere to standard cryptic format).
For the utterly bamboozled, answers are shown within curly brackets – click and highlight to reveal them. And please chip in and let us know what you thought of the puzzle.