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

Double Toughie 100006

Double Toughie No 100006 by Elgar

“7 Down”

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

Down answers, all thematic, are similarly treated before entry. 7 Down divides them into two categories (one for each Grid), which turn out suitably labelled. Clues for symmetrically-opposite Downs (each consisting of a definition to the full answer and wordplay/letter-count for the entry), are run together in either order, though it should become clear which answer belongs to which Grid.Read More

Toughie 1297

Toughie No 1297 by Elgar

One small step for Elgar …

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

…one giant leap in satisfaction for those of us who like to find a proper Toughie in the middle of the paper.

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Toughie 1281

Toughie No 1281 by Elgar

Chaos is come again

Hints and tips by Fred and Ginger

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

Greetings from the Locarno Ballroom, Rhyl. Your terpsichorean twosome are running a Teach Granny to Dance session.  Fred’s really proud of Ginger’s endeavours in the recent Times Crossword Championship, though he suspects she’s struck Notabilis off her Christmas Card list!… Read More

Toughie 1265

Toughie No 1265 by Elgar

Watch out! Vlad’s back

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

Here’s a puzzle for those who have been complaining that the recent Toughies have not come up to the mark. Although not as ferociously difficult as some of his puzzles, at least Elgar offers value-for-money.… Read More

Toughie 1249

Toughie No 1249 by Elgar

What a difference a week makes!

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

It took me almost as long to unravel the wordplay in some of these clues as it did to complete the puzzle – hence the 5-star difficulty level.… Read More

Toughie 1233

Toughie No 1233 by Elgar

Kipper Me Capstans!

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

Tilsit is on his hols giving me a rare opportunity to tussle with Elgar – and a thoroughly enjoyable tussle it was. He’s possibly not yet back to full ‘Cloggie’ mode but this puzzle is chock full of wonderful penny drop moments.… Read More

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