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Toughie 2784

Toughie No 2784 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This seemed a fairly accessible puzzle (for an Elgar!) which I managed in a single sitting, though not within 5* time. Elgar gives us some lovely quirky definitions today, which are underlined as usual.… Continue reading

Toughie 2775

Toughie No 2775 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Elgar makes a rare excursion outside his Friday stamping ground to accommodate Micawber’s famous year-end puzzle tomorrow so I have the rare privilege of reviewing one of his puzzles.… Continue reading

Toughie 2768

Toughie No 2768 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Not an easy puzzle today, though my recent trip to Edinburgh helped. I soon noticed a pangram (given, e.g., 25a), but I can’t say that this aided my solve.… Continue reading

Toughie 2760

Toughie No 2760 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

There is a Nina, explained in a message from Elgar below. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. I’m off to Edinburgh today to visit my son at University, please forgive any lack of response.… Continue reading

Toughie 2752

Toughie No 2752 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An enjoyable and not-overly-difficult puzzle from Elgar today.

Half the fun in Elgar’s puzzles is identifying the definitions. They are underlined for you, as usual. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.… Continue reading

Toughie 2736

Toughie No 2736 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A rather pleasant puzzle with a perimeter Nina that helped me with the solve. A few head-scratchers as usual, and a good share of easier clues to get you started.… Continue reading

Toughie 2728

Toughie No 2728 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A couple of clues pushed this into 5* difficulty for me. Today Elgar gives us a theme indicated by 6d. I think you’ll find 13 examples in the grid (all the main ones – a clever grid fill) as well as several other references in the clues and answers

Definitions are underlined as always.… Continue reading