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Toughie 1919

Toughie No 1919 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 122nd Telegraph Toughie. I proceeded very steadily, almost smugly, through most of this until I hit the NW corner. This stopped me in my tracks completely.… Read More

Toughie 1915

Toughie No 1915 by Kcit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Managed to get this done before the school run, which surprised me at the time as I thought I was doing a proXimal, which normally takes me longer.… Read More

Toughie 1911

Toughie No 1911 by Sparks

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A thoroughly pleasant and not overly challenging puzzle from Sparks today. There were a couple of things I didn’t know but they were easily looked up. If there is a Nina, I missed it.… Read More

Toughie 1907

Toughie No 1907 by Elkamere

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

Another excellent puzzle by Elkamere which was a joy to solve and blog. By the time you read this I’ll have left for the sloggers and betters meeting in York – I hope to see many of you there.… Read More

Toughie 1903

Toughie No 1903 by Notabilis

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

Another quality puzzle from Notabilis. There are two little ninas and some cute adjacent clues (19a, 201a, 1d, 2d). On doing the review I appreciated the clueing even more.… Read More

Toughie 1899

Toughie No 1899 by proXimal

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

A few anagrams help you get into this puzzle, which seemed challenging at first but as usual in most of it seemed clear in retrospect. Writing the review was another opportunity to savour the clues – there are some lovely twists in the definitions.… Read More

Toughie 1891

Toughie No 1891 by Elkamere

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

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve had the joy of blogging an Elkamere. I missed one over the summer, and some have appeared on other days.… Read More

Toughie 1890

Toughie No 1890 by Beam

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

I’m standing in for Bufo today. I didn’t know who the compiler was at the time of solving but I should have guessed from the maximum clue length of 8 words.… Read More

Toughie 1887

Toughie No 1887 by Osmosis

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

Osmosis gives us interesting words in the grid, lovely definitions and inventive wordplay. All is clued immaculately and fairly. My first one in was 10a, followed by 2d which required some untangling.… Read More

Toughie 1883

Toughie No 1883 by Notabilis

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

I always enjoy blogging a Notabilis puzzle because I know it will be high quality. Today I worked my way around clockwise starting in NE. NW was my last quadrant and it seemed a little harder to me.… Read More