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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

Toughie 2445

Toughie No 2445 by Sparks

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Some great quirky clueing today. Sparks often has a Nina, but I haven’t seen anything yet, perhaps someone will help me.

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Toughie 2441

Toughie No 2441 by Elgar

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

 

This is Elgar’s 149th Telegraph Toughie. Some of you may notice 13 grid entries involved in a theme, which of course is not essential to the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2437

Toughie No 2437 by proXimal

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

Splendid! Not overly difficult, and clever clues that are clever for all the right reasons. A lot of lovely surfaces, some of which seem topical. As often happens, I appreciated the puzzle all the more when writing the blog and added an enjoyment star

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Toughie 2433

Toughie No 2433 by Osmosis

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A solid puzzle by Osmosis although I was put off slightly by not quite understanding 17a. It was my last one in and I assumed (correctly) that I needed an X, but that was just fortuitous as I don’t actually see a pangram today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2429

Toughie No 2429 by Elgar

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

 

Being clueless of the date in lockdown zombie mode, I almost missed the timely theme. The fact that this is Elgar’s 148th Telegraph toughie is still given a little nod by way of the double clue 14&8.… Continue reading

Toughie 2425

Toughie No 2425 by Osmosis

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Our Pangram Maestro gives us a double pangram today, again with a grid that avoids use of strange vocabulary, very clever. If you want to understand how much of a feat this is, just have a go at filling a blank grid with a double pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2421

Toughie No 2421 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 147th Telegraph Toughie. A theme helped me to get four of the answers

As usual, definitions are underlined. The hints aim to guide you through the wordplay, and you can reveal the answers if you like by clicking on the What do you have to pot to get the maximum break score?Continue reading

Toughie 2417

Toughie No 2417 by proXimal

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As often happens, I gained further appreciation of the puzzle on writing up the blog, when I could savour all the clues again. Plenty of good surfaces to like here today, such as in the excellent 18a, but also in clues like 20a, 26a and 21d – as well  the nice Excalibur mislead in 22a.… Continue reading

Toughie 2413

Toughie No 2413 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 146th Telegraph Toughie, so it seemed clear that 7d was going to be a key clue related to a theme. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to unravel that one until the end of my solve, but once i did everything was revealed very nicely

As usual, definitions are underlined.… Continue reading