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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

Toughie 1879

Toughie No 1879 by Elgar

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

This is Elgar’s 120th Telegraph Toughie and it is of the usual high standard. I got off to a gentle start, courtesy of a few anagrams, but then it took me a fair while to fill the grid.… Read More

Toughie 1859

Toughie No 1859 by Notabilis

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

A stunningly good puzzle from Notabilis showing some very tidy cluemanship and trademark precision. I enjoyed this immensely. It took me 3* time to complete the grid, but it took a little longer before I had the full parsing for 17a, 19a, and 4d.… Read More

Toughie 1855

Toughie No 1855 by Sparks

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

I enjoyed this, though I didn’t know who the setter was at the time of solving (thanks CS for filling me in). In retrospect, I might have guessed.… Read More

Toughie 1851

Toughie No 1851 by proXimal

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

Thankfully a not-over-the-top-difficult puzzle from proXimal. My top half seemed to go in fairly smoothly, then I slowed down considerably as I sank towards the bottom. I still managed to finish in just over what is 3* time for me, with several smiles along the way.… Read More

Toughie 1847

Toughie No 1847 by Elgar

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

Another corker from Elgar. This is his 119th Toughie puzzle, and the 15-letter Nina relates to that. I was worried at first when I spent ‘some time’ staring at the grid getting nowhere.… Read More

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