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Toughie 2928

Toughie No 2928 by Elgar

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

As usual with Elgar, an extremely satisfying solve with lots of amazing clues,  though a slow start, a slow middle and a slow finish. Several clues parsed after completion – some while writing up the blog, which often happens with me.… Continue reading

Toughie 2924

Toughie No 2924 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis omits 12 letters of the alphabet. This seemed a little easier than past puzzles, though it still took me 4* time and I’m not seeing the parsing of 27a.… Continue reading

Toughie 2916

Toughie No 2916 by Sparks

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

Sparks often has a Nina or gimmick, but I haven’t seen anything yet – maybe one of you will

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Toughie 2912

Toughie No 2912 by Elgar

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

Another clever puzzle by Elgar. We have a theme, as suggested by 27d

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Across:

6a    Starveling rejected jelly and cake (10)

RAGAMUFFIN: A reversal (rejected) of a 4-letter jelly plus a cake

8a    Broadcasting this way would be poor/average (4)

MIEN: A homophone of the answer means both poor and average

9a    Snug Bar Tony’s principal reasons not to get a round?… Continue reading

Toughie 2908

Toughie No 2908 by Osmosis

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

In retrospect this all looks reasonable, but I struggled to the point where it started affecting my enjoyment. Again, Osmosis omits many letters of the alphabet from the grid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2904

Toughie No 2904 by Elgar

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

Today Elgar gives us a pangram with lots of lovely clues. Four all-in-ones in across

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Across

8a    Animals replaced in launcher by ex-POTUS’s granny (8)

BABUSHKA: Replace a 3-letter collection of animals in a 7-letter word for a hand-held missile launcher with an ex-American president

9a    I, the Reaper, caught one frozen in suspense (6)

ICICLE: I from the clue plus a homophone (caught) of a tool that is a reaper

10a    Rust on surface – will nothing stop it?Continue reading

Toughie 2900

Toughie No 2900 by Sparks

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

Sparks gives us a fun pangram today

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Across

1a    Head of Playboy almost sacking cover model? (5)
PEARL: The first letter (head) of Playboy plus a 6-letter word meaning almost without the outer letters (sacking cover)

4a    Hitter hit fans of a Cardinal (9)
THIRTIETH: An anagram (fans) of HITTER HIT.… Continue reading

Toughie 2896

Toughie No 2896 by Elgar

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

Wow. I know Elgar won’t use this grid lightly. Quite the wonderful and oh-so-satisfying penny drop when you finally figure out what is going on. A great construction, thank you Elgar!!… Continue reading

Toughie 2892

Toughie No 2892 by Osmosis

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

We are again missing 12 letters of the alphabet in the grid. A tricky and nicely-crafted puzzle. I managed to complete the grid in just under 5* time but still had some parsing to do when writing up the blog!… Continue reading