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Toughie 2330

Toughie No 2330 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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This is Elgar’s 137th Telegraph Toughie. I hope you still have your disco shoes. The long entry, part of the theme, is the link to the number 137.… Continue reading

Toughie 2322

Toughie No 2322 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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This is Elgar’s 136th Telegraph Toughie. As usual, we can have fun looking for how the puzzle alludes to this number. I initially noticed two things about today’s puzzle – the first was the grid with the four long central 13-letter answers.… Continue reading

Toughie 2294

Toughie No 2294 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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This is Elgar’s 135th Telegraph Toughie. As usual, that is the basis for a theme. I got carried away with a cricket theme, dangerous as I know nothing of cricket – I was thinking 135 was the unbeaten number of runs by 23a Stokes, and I had plucked, I thought, a convincing number of cricketers from the grid.Continue reading

Toughie 2266

Toughie No 2266 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today we have Elgar’s 134th Telegraph Toughie. I would be most impressed with anyone who realised this is the number of a bus route in London containing the stops in rows 7&9, row 2 (sort of), and more.… Continue reading

Toughie 2222

Toughie No 2222 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today we have Elgar’s 133rd Telegraph Toughie. You can probably spot how the puzzle alludes to this quite readily, perhaps even before starting. The puzzle is also a pangram.… Continue reading

Toughie 2194

Toughie No 2194 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 132nd Telegraph Toughie. And, as usual ever since Elgar reached triple figures (except on Dave’s tenth anniversary), the puzzle cunningly alludes to this number.… Continue reading

Toughie 2166

Toughie No 2166 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 131st Telegraph Toughie, but that is not relevant today. There is a far more important occasion to celebrate as revealed by an eight-word Nina.… Continue reading

Double Toughie No 100010

Double Toughie No 100010 by Elgar
Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

The puzzle can be found under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 100,010 and the solution can be found, from Boxing Day, under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,010

Merry Christmas everyone!… Continue reading

Toughie 2131

Toughie No 2131 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 130th Telegraph Toughie, and that number features in a ghost theme. I did think that one-thirty sounded like a time, and I noticed the bottom row, but I had to phone a friend to put it all together (thanks Elgar).… Continue reading

Toughie 2083

Toughie No 2083 by Elgar

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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I have a note pinned on my office noticeboard that says ‘The next Elgar will be xxx’ so that I’ll remember to look for a theme based on that particular number.… Continue reading