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 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. I know we don’t often talk times, but this took far longer than any crossword I have tackled so far this year.… 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.

This is very reminiscent of one of the late great Bunthorne’s Guardian puzzles with a big anagram clue.… 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. Get well soon.

Having had one of those weeks where setters and I weren’t entirely on the same wavelength, I approached the Friday Toughie with some trepidation.… 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. And it’s probably my favourite puzzle this year, I think. This time, our Evil Genius is undoubtedly at his most devious.… Read More

Toughie 1021

Toughie No 1020 by Elgar

Digging the unches!**

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

Nice to have a proper Toughie to get the cryptic grey matter working hard – some fluffy ‘ease you in clues’ and some more hob-nailed examples of the art of clue-writing, including possibly the most unhelpful placement of a double unch in the history of the cryptic crossword!… Read More

Toughie 1001

Toughie No 1001 by Elgar

Doctor, Strange Puzzle!

(Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Let My Brain Hurt)

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. What better way to conclude this special toughie-fest with the king of the Evil Puzzles, and here he is doing his best impression of Mark Labbett, the Chaser on the TV quiz.… Read More