Category Archives: Elkamere

Elkamere is Dean Mayer, who also sets for The Times, as Anax in The Independent and as Loroso in the FT

Toughie 1907

Toughie No 1907 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another excellent puzzle by Elkamere which was a joy to solve and blog. By the time you read this I’ll have left for the sloggers and betters meeting in York – I hope to see many of you there.… Read More

Toughie 1891

Toughie No 1891 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve had the joy of blogging an Elkamere. I missed one over the summer, and some have appeared on other days.… Read More

Toughie 1875

Toughie No 1875 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Kitty

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

 

Hello friends.  We come to the end of the Toughie week, and to the beginning of September (how did that happen?), with another excellent Elkamere.

I’m not sure what this setter has against the ends of words, but I did find myself removing quite a few last letters here (instead of discarding them I found them a new home on this page). … Read More

Toughie 1857

Toughie No 1857 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I made rather heavy weather of this though when I’d finished I couldn’t really see why because there were a handful of ‘old favourites’ to give a way in.… Read More

Toughie 1843

Toughie No 1843 by Elkamere

        Hints and tips by Dutch

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

How delightful to have an Elkamere puzzle on the day his Macclesfield S&B crossword meeting kicks off. I found today’s puzzle somewhat trickier than his last few, but I still managed to complete it in what for me is 3* difficulty time.… Read More

Toughie 1827

Toughie No 1827 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

 

I was a bit pre-occupied with the elections and can’t remember exactly how long this took me to solve, I think roughly 3* difficulty. I do remember I found it massively enjoyable, as usual for an Elkamere.… Read More

Toughie 1807

Toughie No 1807 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Possibly the gentlest Elkamere I’ve encountered – I’m hoping that will encourage lots of people to try it. With amazingly concise and elegant clueing, it was pure delight to solve.… Read More

Toughie 1793

Toughie No 1793 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Lovely jubbly! Thanks to Elkamere for an entertaining puzzle that’s not too tough but with some of his cunning misdirections.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared with the puzzle and what you thought of it.… Read More

Toughie 1777

Toughie No 1777 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s always a pleasure to get an Elkamere Toughie on a Wednesday and this one is enjoyable as always. I thought it was going to be a pangram but it failed at the last hurdle.… Read More

Toughie 1763

Toughie 1763 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by KateR

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

 

A brilliant puzzle from Elkamere which didn’t seem overly difficult except for, well, a few difficulties experienced by each of us.  We both made generally smooth progress but Dutch was somehow slowed down in NE and should have seen 8d much earlier. … Read More