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Toughie 2553

Toughie No 2553 by Elgar

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

A fun and refreshing puzzle by Elgar today, with plenty of interesting devices and the usual deviousness. As always, I was left with a few to parse once I had a full grid but eventually(!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2549

Toughie No 2549 by Osmosis

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

A fun puzzle by Osmosis today with well-crafted surfaces. My last ones in were the two double clues – it took me a while to get my head in the right space.… Continue reading

Toughie 2545

Toughie No 2545 by Elgar

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

 

An easier puzzle than two weeks ago, though almost any other Elgar would have been. We have a little Nina corresponding to the theme of 9/25 – an anagram that I could solve readily but I had to check the meaning of the answer.… Continue reading

Toughie 2541

Toughie No 2541 by Sparks

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

A delightful puzzle, the top half went in quickly though I slowed down towards the bottom. The Nina suggests a milestone, congratulations Sparks! Not sure if this is years or crosswords, either way a fine collection.… Continue reading

Toughie 2537

Toughie No 2537 by Elgar

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

No Nina, no number games – what is called just a vanilla puzzle by some in the trade, though clearly that refers to no gimmicks or themes rather than difficulty or entertainment value.… Continue reading

Toughie 2533

Toughie No 2533 by Osmosis

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

A very enjoyable crossword I thought – the top half went in quickly but there was plenty to keep me puzzled thereafter. Another near pangram, missing the J.… Continue reading

Toughie 2529

Toughie No 2529 by Elgar

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

Today’s Elgar has a few easier entry points but is quite tricky overall (surprise), with some great “aha” moments making it very satisfying to complete. The Nina (hinted at in 16a) helped.… Continue reading