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Toughie 2928

Toughie No 2928 by Elgar

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

As usual with Elgar, an extremely satisfying solve with lots of amazing clues,  though a slow start, a slow middle and a slow finish. Several clues parsed after completion – some while writing up the blog, which often happens with me.… Continue reading

Toughie 2912

Toughie No 2912 by Elgar

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

Another clever puzzle by Elgar. We have a theme, as suggested by 27d

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Across:

6a    Starveling rejected jelly and cake (10)

RAGAMUFFIN: A reversal (rejected) of a 4-letter jelly plus a cake

8a    Broadcasting this way would be poor/average (4)

MIEN: A homophone of the answer means both poor and average

9a    Snug Bar Tony’s principal reasons not to get a round?… Continue reading

Toughie 2904

Toughie No 2904 by Elgar

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

Today Elgar gives us a pangram with lots of lovely clues. Four all-in-ones in across

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Across

8a    Animals replaced in launcher by ex-POTUS’s granny (8)

BABUSHKA: Replace a 3-letter collection of animals in a 7-letter word for a hand-held missile launcher with an ex-American president

9a    I, the Reaper, caught one frozen in suspense (6)

ICICLE: I from the clue plus a homophone (caught) of a tool that is a reaper

10a    Rust on surface – will nothing stop it?Continue reading

Toughie 2896

Toughie No 2896 by Elgar

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

Wow. I know Elgar won’t use this grid lightly. Quite the wonderful and oh-so-satisfying penny drop when you finally figure out what is going on. A great construction, thank you Elgar!!… Continue reading

Toughie 2888

Toughie No 2888 by Elgar

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

A number of parsings took me into 5* time (as usual!)

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Across

1a     I tend not to mind knocking off early at work, not at all (4,7,2)

DON’T MENTION IT: An anagram (at work) of I TEND NOT TO MIN(d) without the last letter (knocking off early)

9a    Fruit carried by single Anglo-French drone?… Continue reading

Toughie 2880

Toughie No 2880 by Elgar

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

We have a little (6,3) Nina at the top centre (and a strong hint in 22a) relevant to today. Some of these clues took me a long time to parse!… Continue reading

Toughie 2872

Toughie No 2872 by Elgar

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

Clever and not as hard as the last one, enjoy!

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Across:

1     In fall from on high, jewellery found in belly-button fluff?… Continue reading

Toughie 2856

Toughie No 2856 by Elgar

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

Some of you may have noticed answers with a common 2-letter abbreviation, e.g. 20/23 (and 3 more examples). Now you can guess which number Telegraph Toughie this is for our setter!… Continue reading