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Toughie 1843

Toughie No 1843 by Elkamere

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

How delightful to have an Elkamere puzzle on the day his Macclesfield S&B crossword meeting kicks off. I found today’s puzzle somewhat trickier than his last few, but I still managed to complete it in what for me is 3* difficulty time.… Read More

Toughie 1839

Toughie No 1839 by Notabilis

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

Another elegant puzzle by Notabilis with fun wordplay, lovely indications and clever definitions. I managed to finish it before the school run though I only saw the parsing of 4d several hours later.… Read More

Toughie 1831

 

Toughie No 1831 by proXimal

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

I did feel a little panic when I saw the setter’s name but happily I managed to do this before the school run this morning, within 3* difficulty time.… Read More

Toughie 1827

Toughie No 1827 by Elkamere

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

 

I was a bit pre-occupied with the elections and can’t remember exactly how long this took me to solve, I think roughly 3* difficulty. I do remember I found it massively enjoyable, as usual for an Elkamere.… Read More

Toughie 1819

Toughie No 1819 by Elgar

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

A slightly gentler offering from Elgar with a few easier clues to give you a foothold – so do 19d. This is Elgar’s 118th toughie, and there is an appropriate Nina.… Read More

Toughie 1815

Toughie No 1815 by Osmosis

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

A solid toughie from Osmosis with intricate clueing and some lovely surfaces. After yesterday’s proXimal, I was relieved to finish with 3* difficulty time. I somehow managed this relatively tidily, doing each quadrant in turn clockwise from NW to SW, giving the illusion of control.… Read More

Toughie 1811

Toughie No 1811 by Sparks

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

A lovely puzzle which I managed within 3* difficulty time, though I found it hard in parts (it took me a while to twig onto 7d, which meant I was left in the dark for a bit with 16d as well, and there were a few words I didn’t know).… Read More

Toughie 1807

Toughie No 1807 by Elkamere

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Possibly the gentlest Elkamere I’ve encountered – I’m hoping that will encourage lots of people to try it. With amazingly concise and elegant clueing, it was pure delight to solve.… Read More

Toughie 1803

Toughie No 1803 by Notabilis

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

A genuine toughie – this took me longer than the other three toughies this week combined! Uber-elegant clueing with trademark precision plus a hidden present of a Dutch masterpiece (thank you Notabilis!).… Read More

Toughie 1799

Toughie No 1799 by proXimal

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

I was quite relieved that proXimal was not at his most fiendish today – the result is an enjoyable puzzle with lots of clever and entertaining clues. I enjoyed the attention to reversal indicators that are specific for down clues.… Read More