Category Archives: Elgar

Elgar is John Henderson, who is also known as Enigmatist, Nimrod and Io, and has visited the blog as John H

Toughie 1217

Toughie No 1217 by Elgar

For the man without whom…*

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

It has been six weeks since we had a visit from Vlad the Impaler and he makes a welcome return with a right proper Toughie.  Took a while to get going – I had a couple of clues solved and then stared at the grid for longer than it took me to solve Tuesday’s ‘Toughie’!. … Read More

Toughie 1193

Toughie No 1193 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Batman and Robin

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

Greetings from the Bat Cave. There’s been a loud sound of hobnailed boots in the distance all week, and it’s heralded the return of Toughie-land’s resident Tormentor in residence, Elgar.… Read More

Toughie 1141

Toughie 1141 by Elgar

The Real McCoy

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. There’s been a-stomping in the hills all week and it’s finally arrived. The Cruciverbal equivalent of Vlad the Impaler is back and make no mistake, this is a real beast of a puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1125

Toughie No 1125 by Elgar

Phewwhatastinker!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley.  Sorry I have been missing for the past few weeks, I’ve been getting ready for forthcoming surgery which happens next week.  And I return to the sound of the hobnailed boots from the crossword equivalent of Mark Labbett, the Cruciverbal Beast, Elgar.… Read More

Double Toughie 100005

Double Toughie No 100005 by Elgar

Just lovely!

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

Season’s Greetings from the Calder Valley! One of the joys of Christmas is that the Telegraph continues to treat its subscribers with top-class puzzles throughout the festive season and we are spoiled this year with a Dada Toughie and the usual Rufus Cryptic and Elgar’s Double Toughie.… Read More

Toughie 1105

Toughie No 1105 by Elgar

A Gem of a Puzzle

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

Season’s Greetings from the Calder Valley! It’s Friday and at the end of a reasonable week of Toughies (with a bonus to come – more later!), it’s Vlad the Impaler with his latest teaser and it’s another cracker to start the weekend.… Read More

Toughie 1093

Toughie No 1093 by Elgar

A nice end to a sad week in Crosswordland

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

A nasty lurgi has taken over Tilsit Towers, so young Tilsit has produced a doctor’s note to excuse him from blogging and I am dancing solo today.… Read More

Toughie 1077

Toughie No 1077 By Elgar

Cracking Crossword Gromit!

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

Greetings from the Locarno Ballroom in Cleethorpes where Ginger and I are tripping the light fantastic with a busload of pensioners and several gigolos named Rex. In between paso doble classes we sat and tackled today’s challenge from the hobnailed booted one.… Read More

Toughie 1053

Toughie 1053 by Elgar

Read all about it!

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

This week’s Toughies have been disappointingly straightforward, but one can normally rely on Elgar to provide the required brain tormenting challenge. Today’s puzzle, whilst being very entertaining, has a helpful theme which ensures that although this isn’t his fluffiest work, it certainly isn’t excessively hob-nailed either.… Read More

Toughie 1037

Toughie No 1037 by Elgar

Word-Sums
(or Never Decreasing Circles)

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Just when you think you can relax and sleep easy, over the hill comes the tramping of hobnailed boots, and Elgar’s back to drive you berserk.… Read More