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Toughie 2373

Toughie No 2373 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 141st Telegraph Toughie. What does that number mean to you? I was quite happy to be able to find the Nina and the answers that describe it, but only once I had completed the slow and satisfying solve. The observant among you will notice the grid is the same as that of the last Elgar (I know, I’m just showing off). Continue reading “Toughie 2373”

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Toughie 2635

Toughie No 2365 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

If you are wondering about the significance of the perimeter Nina, think about that pub game featuring a 2d and remember that this is Elgar’s 140th Telegraph Toughie.… Continue reading

Double Toughie 100011

Double Toughie No 100011
Theme & Variations 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 100,011 and the solution can be found, from Boxing Day, under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,011. Continue reading “Double Toughie 100011”

Toughie 2350

Toughie No 2350 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another amazing puzzle from Elgar. I managed to spot the theme quickly in 8a/11a and that helped enormously with the rest of the solve. It was harder to find the connection to 139 (this being Elgar’s 139th Telegraph Toughie) – I was briefly distracted by Genesis 13:9, but it turns out the link is elsewhere, as explained in Elgar’s words at the end of this blog.… Continue reading

Toughie 2342

Toughie No 2342 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today’s theme is readily apparent, we have a grid filled with 9 examples (one hypothetical) of 4d’s 8d series. This is Elgar’s 138th telegraph toughie, and if you have not spotted the relevance of that number you may be forgiven, for it involves some poetic licence.… Continue reading

Toughie 2330

Toughie No 2330 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

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

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

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