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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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Toughie 2481

Toughie No 2481 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 154th Telegraph Toughie. I don’t know if you’ll agree, but I found it a little easier than most. I found a Nina that agreed with basic geography, and was hoping to find a 154-mile connecting canal, but no such luck.… Continue reading

Toughie 2477

Toughie No 2477 by Osmosis

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Lots of great misleads today, especially in the definitions – a joy to solve. Not quite a pangram, as we are missing the J.

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Toughie 2473

Toughie No 2473 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 153rd Telegraph Toughie. You’ll notice a theme with a pattern of clues that begin ‘I ***** her’ (1,5,3), as a reference to this number.… Continue reading

Toughie 2469

Toughie No 2469 by Notabilis

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A rather tricky puzzle from Notabilis, where on several occasions it took me a while to see the parsing after deducing the answer. Nonetheless, I was able solve this methodically a quadrant at a time, giving me that illusion of being in control.  … Continue reading

Toughie 2465

Toughie No 2465 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 152nd Telegraph Toughie. There is a theme which is apparent in the cross-referenced clues, and very fittingly we have a pangram! You may notice an apparent reference to a crossword blogging site (almost as famous as this one) which explains the relevance to the number 152, albeit in a different context.… Continue reading

Toughie 2461

Toughie No 2461 by Zandio

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

Slow to start but then progressed smoothly as the checkers started coming in. Some lovely clues made this an enjoyable solve

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Toughie 2457

Toughie No 2457 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 151st Telegraph Toughie. There is a Nina, one part of which is fairly obvious. What is not so obvious is that this is a very old one, and if the grid is a map of England you can see how it travels from a place in the south to a place in the north via a place in the middle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2449

Toughie No 2449 by Osmosis

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We have a near-pangram from Osmosis today (V is missing). Near-pangrams are the new black. I started in NE and progressed rapidly but SW slowed me down, and it took me a long time to remember the lady in 3d, or even to realise we were looking for her.… Continue reading