December 15, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 476

Toughie No 476 by Notabilis

An Enjoyable Outing

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

It seems to me that we get two different levels of Toughie from Notabilis. Those that we see on a Friday tend to be brilliant and fiendish; those that we get earlier in the week (often on a Wednesday – I’m not complaining) are slightly less difficult but still wonderfully entertaining, just like this one. There are some excellent clues here and not an obscure word in sight (with the possible exception of the rarely-used past tense in 19d).
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