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Toughie 2712

Toughie No 2712 by Elgar

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

1d was straightforward enough and immediately intriguing. I started thinking alchemy but 12d put me right. Elgar shows his skill; I hope you enjoy

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Toughie 2708

Toughie No 2708 by Osmosis

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

Either Osmosis is becoming more devious or I’m becoming thicker – I found this hard work. We have a pangram, which has become a signature of this setter.… Continue reading

Toughie 2704

Toughie No 2704 by Elgar

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

17d was included as a reference to Elgar’s Telegraph Toughie number 181 – not that anyone would be expected to notice that. I was specifically asked not to mention this to Gazza, so let’s not tell him.Continue reading

Toughie 2696

 

Toughie No 2696 by Elgar

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

Elgar delights us with a pangram. 5a & 1d slid me into 5* time

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Across


5 & 7 One can’t decide on slant in writing folk drama (7,5)

MUMMERS’ PLAYS: A 5-letter whimsical word for one who can’t decide or a hesitator, a 5-letter word meaning slant, all inside a 2-letter abbreviation for a piece of writing


9 Energies essentially expended in outburst, sub loves forty winks!
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Toughie 2692

Toughie No 2692 by Osmosis

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

I found this quite hard going but that could be me. My birthday today and I kept being interrupted by nice phone calls. I’m keen to know how others found this puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2688

Toughie No 2688 by Elgar

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I found this tricky (surprise) with some interesting indicators and plenty of Elgar’s usual deviousness. No Nina or theme.

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Toughie 2684

Toughie No 2684 by Sparks

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

Ah, only just spotted the Nina. The central row is the pen name of the gentleman in the outer columns. I found this slow progress with quite a few things that I needed to look up, but a lot of fun along the way.… Continue reading

Toughie 2680

Toughie No 2680 by Elgar

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

We have a Nina today in all of the unchecked perimeter (including top and bottom). We realise the puzzle is in honour of a gentleman who died last month, RIP. Continue reading “Toughie 2680”

Toughie 2676

Toughie No 2676 by Osmosis

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

Looks like we have a double pangram, and we have plenty of Osmosis-style devious definitions making for some great penny-drop moments – though the result was more fun than the ride!… Continue reading

Toughie 2672

Toughie No 2672 by Elgar

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

Even with a bit of Latin I was unfamiliar with (clearly clued), this Elgar was fun and reasonably doable, although it still took me 5* time. Enjoy. Continue reading “Toughie 2672”