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Toughie 2600

Toughie No 2600 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An easier (relatively speaking) puzzle from Elgar today with particularly clever references to Joe Root and Gareth Southgate. No Nina.

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Toughie 2588

 

Toughie No 2588 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

 

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

Ouch ouch ouch, poor Elgar. We have a Nina explaining the cause and also the effect. I hope my 5* for enjoyment does not come across the wrong way!… Continue reading

Toughie 2580

Toughie No 2580 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I think this is the first Elgar I’ve rated less than 5* difficulty. I have a simple little solving time formula to arrive at the difficulty, I don’t know how else to do that.… Continue reading

Toughie 2568

Toughie No 2568 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A nicely themed and not-insanely-difficult puzzle for today, including a Nina confirming Elgar’s state of mind. I wish every one of you the very best for 2021

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Double Toughie 100012

Christmas Day Double Toughie No 100,012

‘Bubbles’ by Elgar

Hints and Tips by Fred and Ginger

 

This puzzle was published on Christmas Day 2020

Difficulty ***** Enjoyment *****

Here we go with the 12th annual Elgar Festive Double. Continue reading “Double Toughie 100012”

Toughie 2561

Toughie No 2561 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

I think you’ll enjoy this ‘slightly gentler’ Elgar. I incorrectly guessed the ending of the Nina which messed up my SE corner a bit, but soon fixed. Lesson learnt.… Continue reading

Toughie 2553

Toughie No 2553 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A fun and refreshing puzzle by Elgar today, with plenty of interesting devices and the usual deviousness. As always, I was left with a few to parse once I had a full grid but eventually(!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2545

Toughie No 2545 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

An easier puzzle than two weeks ago, though almost any other Elgar would have been. We have a little Nina corresponding to the theme of 9/25 – an anagram that I could solve readily but I had to check the meaning of the answer.… Continue reading

Toughie 2537

Toughie No 2537 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

No Nina, no number games – what is called just a vanilla puzzle by some in the trade, though clearly that refers to no gimmicks or themes rather than difficulty or entertainment value.… Continue reading

Toughie 2529

Toughie No 2529 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today’s Elgar has a few easier entry points but is quite tricky overall (surprise), with some great “aha” moments making it very satisfying to complete. The Nina (hinted at in 16a) helped.… Continue reading