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Toughie 2413

Toughie No 2413 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 146th Telegraph Toughie, so it seemed clear that 7d was going to be a key clue related to a theme. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to unravel that one until the end of my solve, but once i did everything was revealed very nicely

As usual, definitions are underlined.… Continue reading

Toughie 2405

Toughie No 2405 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Some excellent misdirection here. There something about solving Elgar clues after a bit of a battle that is quite ecstatic. This is Elgar’s 145th Telegraph toughie and as usual this is related to a theme – the relevant grid entries are mentioned in the clues.… Continue reading

Toughie 2393

Toughie No 2393 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 144th Telegraph Toughie, clearly reflected in an appropriately-numbered clue, just as a commenter predicted last week!

As always, finding the definitions is half the battle – these are underlined for you in the clues below.… Continue reading

Toughie 2385

Toughie No 2385 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 143rd Telegraph Toughie. It won’t take you long to realise that this number, seen 8 times in the puzzle, refers to the three little words that I hope all of you have voiced today.… Continue reading

Toughie 2381

Toughie No 2381 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 142nd Telegraph Toughie. This is the number of a special vehicle featured in a remarkable story, now also a movie, and is referenced by a number of grid entries

As always, finding the definitions is half the battle – these are underlined for you in the clues below.… Continue reading

Toughie 2373

Toughie No 2373 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 141st Telegraph Toughie. What does that number mean to you? I was quite happy to be able to find the Nina and the answers that describe it, but only once I had completed the slow and satisfying solve. The observant among you will notice the grid is the same as that of the last Elgar (I know, I’m just showing off). Continue reading “Toughie 2373”

Toughie 2635

Toughie No 2365 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

If you are wondering about the significance of the perimeter Nina, think about that pub game featuring a 2d and remember that this is Elgar’s 140th Telegraph Toughie.… Continue reading

Double Toughie 100011

Double Toughie No 100011
Theme & Variations 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 100,011 and the solution can be found, from Boxing Day, under the Giant General Knowledge menu as No 1,100,011. Continue reading “Double Toughie 100011”

Toughie 2350

Toughie No 2350 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another amazing puzzle from Elgar. I managed to spot the theme quickly in 8a/11a and that helped enormously with the rest of the solve. It was harder to find the connection to 139 (this being Elgar’s 139th Telegraph Toughie) – I was briefly distracted by Genesis 13:9, but it turns out the link is elsewhere, as explained in Elgar’s words at the end of this blog.… Continue reading

Toughie 2342

Toughie No 2342 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Today’s theme is readily apparent, we have a grid filled with 9 examples (one hypothetical) of 4d’s 8d series. This is Elgar’s 138th telegraph toughie, and if you have not spotted the relevance of that number you may be forgiven, for it involves some poetic licence.… Continue reading