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Toughie 2465

Toughie No 2465 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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This is Elgar’s 152nd Telegraph Toughie. There is a theme which is apparent in the cross-referenced clues, and very fittingly we have a pangram! You may notice an apparent reference to a crossword blogging site (almost as famous as this one) which explains the relevance to the number 152, albeit in a different context.… Continue reading

Toughie 2457

Toughie No 2457 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 151st Telegraph Toughie. There is a Nina, one part of which is fairly obvious. What is not so obvious is that this is a very old one, and if the grid is a map of England you can see how it travels from a place in the south to a place in the north via a place in the middle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2450

Toughie No 2450 by Elgar

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As we start the twelfth week of lockdown, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have difficulty in remembering which day of the week it is. There are the odd things that help one remember, and normally we’d know it was Friday if and when the Toughie setter was Elgar. Not this week, as just to add further confusion to our lives, he’s here on a Tuesday, Continue reading “Toughie 2450”

Toughie 2441

Toughie No 2441 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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This is Elgar’s 149th Telegraph Toughie. Some of you may notice 13 grid entries involved in a theme, which of course is not essential to the puzzle.… Continue reading

Toughie 2429

Toughie No 2429 by Elgar

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Being clueless of the date in lockdown zombie mode, I almost missed the timely theme. The fact that this is Elgar’s 148th Telegraph toughie is still given a little nod by way of the double clue 14&8.… Continue reading

Toughie 2421

Toughie No 2421 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 147th Telegraph Toughie. A theme helped me to get four of the answers

As usual, definitions are underlined. The hints aim to guide you through the wordplay, and you can reveal the answers if you like by clicking on the What do you have to pot to get the maximum break score?Continue reading

Toughie 2413

Toughie No 2413 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 146th Telegraph Toughie, so it seemed clear that 7d was going to be a key clue related to a theme. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to unravel that one until the end of my solve, but once i did everything was revealed very nicely

As usual, definitions are underlined.… Continue reading

Toughie 2405

Toughie No 2405 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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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 2393

Toughie No 2393 by Elgar

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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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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