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Toughie 2545

Toughie No 2545 by Elgar

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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

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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

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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

Toughie 2513

Toughie No 2513 by Elgar

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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