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Toughie 2409

Toughie No 2409 by Osmosis

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

Did you notice? I didn’t see it coming, which I think makes it all the more clever of Osmosis. A superb grid fill, with two symmetrically-placed names, using reasonably normal words and avoiding words like SYZYGY.… Continue reading

Toughie 2405

Toughie No 2405 by Elgar

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

Some excellent misdirection here. There something about solving Elgar clues after a bit of a battle that is quite ecstatic. This is Elgar’s 145th Telegraph toughie and as usual this is related to a theme – the relevant grid entries are mentioned in the clues.… Continue reading

Toughie 2401

Toughie No 2401 by Sparks

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

Some new words for me and some cute perimeter phrases. A fun solve.

The definitions are underlined. The hints attempt to explain the wordplay, and you can reveal the answers by clicking on the click here buttons.… Continue reading

Toughie 2397

Toughie No 2397 by Notabilis

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

Quite a devious puzzle from Notabilis today, I thought. It took me some to parse 6a and 9a, as well as a few others.

Definitions are underlined. The hints are intended to help you unravel the wordplay but you can always reveal the answer by clicking on the click here buttons.… Continue reading

Toughie 2393

Toughie No 2393 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 144th Telegraph Toughie, clearly reflected in an appropriately-numbered clue, just as a commenter predicted last week!

As always, finding the definitions is half the battle – these are underlined for you in the clues below.… Continue reading

Toughie 2385

Toughie No 2385 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 143rd Telegraph Toughie. It won’t take you long to realise that this number, seen 8 times in the puzzle, refers to the three little words that I hope all of you have voiced today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2381

Toughie No 2381 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 142nd Telegraph Toughie. This is the number of a special vehicle featured in a remarkable story, now also a movie, and is referenced by a number of grid entries

As always, finding the definitions is half the battle – these are underlined for you in the clues below.… Continue reading

Toughie 2373

Toughie No 2373 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 141st Telegraph Toughie. What does that number mean to you? I was quite happy to be able to find the Nina and the answers that describe it, but only once I had completed the slow and satisfying solve. The observant among you will notice the grid is the same as that of the last Elgar (I know, I’m just showing off). Continue reading “Toughie 2373”

Toughie 2369

Toughie No 2369 by proXimal

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

A very worthy Friday toughie. I’m in a bit of a rush today. Thank you Gazza for the parsing of 1a!

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Toughie 2635

Toughie No 2365 by Elgar

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

If you are wondering about the significance of the perimeter Nina, think about that pub game featuring a 2d and remember that this is Elgar’s 140th Telegraph Toughie.… Continue reading