Elgar – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2294 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

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 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2083 by Elgar

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

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

Toughie 2063 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2063 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

We moved house yesterday, after much stress. Later today I go pick up my daughter, son-in-law and grandson from Manchester airport and we’re off to Wales first for a 50th anniversary of the in-laws, then to go chill in our caravan in Pendine.… Continue reading

Toughie 2035 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 2035 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 127th Telegraph Toughie, and that number features in a theme (see below). 1ac immediately earned 5* for enjoyment.

As always, the definitions are underlined.… Continue reading