Toughie No 730 by Notabilis
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***** – Enjoyment *****
Greetings from the Calder Valley and it’s time for some mental torture from Notabilis, and this was a ferocious battle. Like most superlative puzzles, this draws you in with a few ‘easier’ clues and then when you are engrossed, the ‘nasties’ leap you and nab you.
I managed to make a mistake at 21 across and this held up completing the final clue at 19. There are so many elegant clues and clever definitions here and it shows why our setter is one of the finest around and up there on the top table of crossword minds. I looked for a Nina, but couldn’t see one.