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Toughie 2784

Toughie No 2784 by Elgar

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

This seemed a fairly accessible puzzle (for an Elgar!) which I managed in a single sitting, though not within 5* time. Elgar gives us some lovely quirky definitions today, which are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

Toughie 2780

Toughie No 2780 by Osmosis

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

Again, Osmosis intrigues us by omitting the highest scrabble scorers from his grid. Ten letters are missing. That includes an “L”, though, is that intentional? Is Osmosis setting himself new challenges?… Continue reading

Toughie 2776

End-of-Year Toughie No 2776 by Micawber

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

Welcome to the prized toughie end-of-year puzzle, a unique look at some of this year’s events in Micawber’s inimitable style. We’re all delighted that this has become an annual offering.… Continue reading

Toughie 2772

Toughie No 2772 by Artix

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

Some lovely clues. Took a while to get started though reasonably smooth afterwards. It took me a long time to parse 17d because I couldn’t think of a musical, hope it’s right, thoughts welcome.… Continue reading

Toughie 2768

Toughie No 2768 by Elgar

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

Not an easy puzzle today, though my recent trip to Edinburgh helped. I soon noticed a pangram (given, e.g., 25a), but I can’t say that this aided my solve.… Continue reading

Toughie 2764

Toughie No 2764 by Sparks

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

A gentle offering today from Sparks. Just as well, I started this a bit late. Sparks often has a Nina of some sort but I have not yet spotted anything

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Toughie 2760

Toughie No 2760 by Elgar

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

There is a Nina, explained in a message from Elgar below. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. I’m off to Edinburgh today to visit my son at University, please forgive any lack of response.… Continue reading

Toughie 2756

Toughie No 2756 by Osmosis

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

Once again we are intrigued by Osmosis omitting 11 high-scoring scrabble letters from the puzzle. A slow solve for me.

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Toughie 2752

Toughie No 2752 by Elgar

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

An enjoyable and not-overly-difficult puzzle from Elgar today.

Half the fun in Elgar’s puzzles is identifying the definitions. They are underlined for you, as usual. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading