Author Archives: Dutch

Toughie 1951

Toughie No 1951 by Osmosis

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

A nice pangram from Osmosis, who is being a little bit devious today – the enjoyment here comes from solving his tricky clues rather than any laugh-out-loud moments, although several clues (Tommy Cooper for one) did raise a smile.… Read More

Toughie 1947

Toughie No 1947 by Myops

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

I haven’t had the pleasure of blogging a Myops puzzle before, and I hope we see more. It seems he was a regular contributor more than 10 years ago, then he had Toughie 1917 appear last November (blogged by Gazza).  … Read More

Toughie 1943

Toughie No 1943 by Micawber

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

Well, the last toughie of the year. As in previous years, Micawber gives us an “end-of-year” toughie packed with clever references to happenings during 2017 – and what a year it has been.… Read More

Toughie 1939

Toughie No 1939 by Sparks

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

Many thanks Sparks. A slow and steady solve. A near pangram but missing the last letter. Hope everyone is ready for Xmas – I wish you all a lovely time.… Read More

Toughie 1935

Toughie No 1935 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 123rd Telegraph Toughie, and it’s excellent as usual. “Difficult” would not be an appropriate word  for today’s puzzle. I managed to get a full grid without too much of a struggle, though I was left with a couple of parsing issues to sort out.… Read More

Toughie 1931

Toughie No 1931 by proXimal

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

I worry when I start a proXimal puzzle that I won’t be able to complete it, but there was no reason for that really today – I managed with time to spare before the school run.… Read More

Toughie 1927

 

Toughie No 1927 by Elkamere

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

I was pleasantly surprised to find it was Elkamere today. I enjoyed the puzzle a lot. Note the beautifully concise clues.

As always, the definitions are underlined in the clues below.… Read More

Toughie 1923

Toughie No 1923 by Notabilis

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

I always enjoy Notabilis. It’s the precision and attention to detail that makes me smile (e.g. second circuit), as well as the specific instructions for down clues. I solved this methodically, each quadrant in turn.… Read More

Toughie 1919

Toughie No 1919 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 122nd Telegraph Toughie. I proceeded very steadily, almost smugly, through most of this until I hit the NW corner. This stopped me in my tracks completely.… Read More

Toughie 1915

Toughie No 1915 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Managed to get this done before the school run, which surprised me at the time as I thought I was doing a proXimal, which normally takes me longer.… Read More