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Toughie 2513

Toughie No 2513 by Elgar

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The Nina helped me identify the Labour Minister. It reminded me of a caption I saw recently for a soldier in camouflage fatigues wearing a hi-vis jacket. As an optional extra, 20a invites us to play a little game, with the Nina suggesting one example can already be seen in the answer here.… Continue reading

Toughie 2505

Toughie No 2505 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 157th Toughie. I managed to get the right hand side first, then NW, and ended up struggling in the SW corner, wanting badly to enter SLIPPERY for 17d.… Continue reading

Toughie 2481

Toughie No 2481 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 154th Telegraph Toughie. I don’t know if you’ll agree, but I found it a little easier than most. I found a Nina that agreed with basic geography, and was hoping to find a 154-mile connecting canal, but no such luck.… Continue reading

Toughie 2473

Toughie No 2473 by Elgar

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This is Elgar’s 153rd Telegraph Toughie. You’ll notice a theme with a pattern of clues that begin ‘I ***** her’ (1,5,3), as a reference to this number.… Continue reading

Toughie 2465

Toughie No 2465 by Elgar

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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