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Toughie 2517

Toughie No 2517 by Osmosis

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

Another near pangram from Osmosis; we seem to be missing the F. Meticulous clueing as always with some original indicators that add to the fun. I wasn’t familiar with the actor, so that was my last one in.… Continue reading

Toughie 2513

Toughie No 2513 by Elgar

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

The Nina helped me identify the Labour Minister. It reminded me of a caption I saw recently for a soldier in camouflage fatigues wearing a hi-vis jacket. As an optional extra, 20a invites us to play a little game, with the Nina suggesting one example can already be seen in the answer here.… Continue reading

Toughie 2505

Toughie No 2505 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 157th Toughie. I managed to get the right hand side first, then NW, and ended up struggling in the SW corner, wanting badly to enter SLIPPERY for 17d.… Continue reading

Toughie 2501

Toughie No 2501 by Osmosis

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

Another precise and quite tricky puzzle today from Osmosis, though there were a few easy clues to get started. I had finished the entire right-hand side before I had a single entry on the left, which may reflect the grid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2493

Toughie No 2493 by Notabilis

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

Some longer clues made for harder parsing. I had quite a few left to parse after completing the grid. As often happens, I enjoyed this more when writing up the blog, when you get another chance to savour the clues.… Continue reading

Toughie 2489

Toughie No 2489 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 155th Telegraph Toughie, and as usual this number is used in a theme. I did stare at a blank grid for a while. I eventually started off with the little square in the middle, which led to 20a/5d and 19a/22d.… Continue reading

Toughie 2485

Toughie No 2485 by Sparks

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

The long answers and anagrams gave a nice way into this puzzle, which is full of Sparks’s usual wit and clever devices. Sparks often has a Nina – although I can see a number of words in the central row, i’m not making much sense of them yet

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