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Toughie 2624

Toughie No 2624 by Elgar

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

A good challenge From Elgar with plenty of entry points and a few laughs

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Across

1a    Overthrow personal challenge that’s put forward (4,4)
BEAR DOWN: A 3-letter word meaning personal, with a word meaning to challenge or to oppose resolutely coming first (that’s put forward)

5a    The collective IQ’s not high, for starters (3,3)
DIM SUM: Read differently, the answer could be a stupid total

10a    The cut does individually supply a fair return?… Continue reading

Toughie 2620

Toughie No 2620 by Sparks

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

This setter often has a Nina or a little grid feature of some kind. There seems to be something going on with the starts of words (rows 1,3,13,15).… Continue reading

Toughie 2616

 

Toughie No 2616 by Elgar

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

Today we have a pangram from Elgar. We have some very clever but not overly difficult clueing, making this a joy to solve

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Toughie 2612

Toughie No 2612 by Osmosis

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

Osmosis keeps us on our toes with some wacky definitions and clever misleading surface readings. And, we have a pangram!

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Toughie 2608

Toughie No 2608 by Elgar

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

A 50th anniversary, and Elgar at his best – a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle and a masterful grid fill. With the theme, I didn’t expect a Nina, but there seems to be a wee subconscious one in the central row

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Toughie 2604

Toughie No 2604 by Sparks

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

A lovely quirky puzzle from Sparks today with a few that required a bit of extra thinking to see the parsing. At the time of writing, I haven’t seen Spark’s usual Nina, unless there’s been some kind of household incident (rows 3 & 13) – comments welcome. Continue reading “Toughie 2604”

Toughie 2600

Toughie No 2600 by Elgar

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

An easier (relatively speaking) puzzle from Elgar today with particularly clever references to Joe Root and Gareth Southgate. No Nina.

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Toughie 2596

Toughie No 2596 by Osmosis

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

A typically enjoyable puzzle from Osmosis with trademark precision and good variety – AND we have complete pangram! Why do I feel relieved?

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Toughie 2592

Toughie No 2592 by Sparks

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

A most pleasant puzzle by Sparks with some geography and a touch of GK. And, of course, a most pleasing Nina

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Toughie 2588

 

Toughie No 2588 by Elgar

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

Ouch ouch ouch, poor Elgar. We have a Nina explaining the cause and also the effect. I hope my 5* for enjoyment does not come across the wrong way!… Continue reading