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 1444

Toughie No 1444 by Elgar

Chasing chickens in Scotland

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

It is almost two months since we were impaled on a Friday  (Toughie 1420 on 26 June) but Elgar is back with a typical brain-stretching (or do I mean ‘mangling’) exercise in the art of solving a proper does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Toughie crossword.  … Read More

Toughie 1420

Toughie No 1420 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Happy Birthday Dad! My father Gerry is visiting me from Holland for a few weeks, and today is his 86th birthday. No doubt he is delighted that I started this special day battling with the Elgar puzzle.… Read More

Toughie 1396

Toughie No 1396 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

It’s the King of the Toughies today, the Toughie equivalent of Mark Labbett from The Chase quiz show. I found this a fairly stern challenge and it took me a fair old while to get my head around a couple of the answers, particularly in the bottom right.… Read More

Toughie 1380

Toughie No 1380 by Elgar

100 not out!

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

Congratulations – this is Elgar’s 100th Toughie. In today’s Telegraph it says “Congratulations to Elgar on his 100th Toughie in The Daily Telegraph (plus another six Christmas Day special Toughies on the Telegraph Puzzles website).” and once again they have got it wrong.… Read More

Toughie 1352

Toughie No 1352 by Elgar

Whodunnit?

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

As Elgar puzzles go, this was a tad on the easy side, probably because once you have unravelled 11 Across you are well on your way to solving the two related clues.… Read More

Toughie 1332

Toughie No 1332 by Elgar

Come over to the Dark Side

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

Today is that one time in the month when we are treated to a proper Toughie. Charge up your lightsabers and enjoy your trip to the dark side for your tussle with Darth Vader.… Read More

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