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Toughie 2580

Toughie No 2580 by Elgar

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

I think this is the first Elgar I’ve rated less than 5* difficulty. I have a simple little solving time formula to arrive at the difficulty, I don’t know how else to do that.… Continue reading

Toughie 2576

Toughie No 2576 by Sparks

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

Sparks seems to have beer on the brain, which makes for an enjoyable puzzle. He often has a Nina of some kind, but today he spoils us with a pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2572

Toughie No 2572 by Osmosis

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

A very nice puzzle, I thought, with a good variety of clues and, of course, precise as always

A pangram but for the K. Hm. I bet Osmosis is chuckling.… Continue reading

Toughie 2568

Toughie No 2568 by Elgar

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

A nicely themed and not-insanely-difficult puzzle for today, including a Nina confirming Elgar’s state of mind. I wish every one of you the very best for 2021

Definitions are underlined in the clues below.… Continue reading

Toughie 2561

Toughie No 2561 by Elgar

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

I think you’ll enjoy this ‘slightly gentler’ Elgar. I incorrectly guessed the ending of the Nina which messed up my SE corner a bit, but soon fixed. Lesson learnt.… Continue reading

Toughie 2553

Toughie No 2553 by Elgar

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

A fun and refreshing puzzle by Elgar today, with plenty of interesting devices and the usual deviousness. As always, I was left with a few to parse once I had a full grid but eventually(!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2549

Toughie No 2549 by Osmosis

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

A fun puzzle by Osmosis today with well-crafted surfaces. My last ones in were the two double clues – it took me a while to get my head in the right space.… Continue reading

Toughie 2545

Toughie No 2545 by Elgar

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

 

An easier puzzle than two weeks ago, though almost any other Elgar would have been. We have a little Nina corresponding to the theme of 9/25 – an anagram that I could solve readily but I had to check the meaning of the answer.… Continue reading

Toughie 2541

Toughie No 2541 by Sparks

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

A delightful puzzle, the top half went in quickly though I slowed down towards the bottom. The Nina suggests a milestone, congratulations Sparks! Not sure if this is years or crosswords, either way a fine collection.… Continue reading