Category Archives: Excalibur

Excalibur is Nuala Considine. She was, until early 2009, the setter for the Sunday Telegraph.

Toughie 1026

Toughie No 1026 by Excalibur

Problems on the Green?

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment **

This is unmistakeably an Excalibur puzzle, i.e. it’s pretty quirky. Even for a Tuesday I think it’s a pretty easy Toughie, so I’ll be surprised if the hints are in great demand.

Toughie 1006

Toughie No 1006 by Excalibur

Potato’s, Tomato’s and Apricot’s

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from South Staffs, on an overcast day, with rain forecast for later.

A gentle start to the Toughie week. I liked 14d.

Toughie 982

Toughie No 982 by Excalibur

Something to get your teeth into?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from South Staffs, although by the time this is published I expect to be well towards a stop-off in Kent, en route to France.

This being my first go at blogging a Toughie, I’m short of reference points for the difficulty – I don’t usually look at how long a Toughie takes me. But on the basis that this one took about twice the time I would take for a ** back pager, I think ** is reasonable.

Toughie 963

Toughie No 963 by Excalibur

Can I Do You Now, Sir?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Excalibur has a unique, quirky style which tends to polarise opinions. I can’t pretend that she’s one of my favourite setters but I do think that her puzzles have improved since the early Toughies and this is a fairly typical example with quite a lot of cryptic definitions. I didn’t find it particularly difficult – how about you?

Toughie 942

Toughie No 942 by Excalibur

* **** ** ****

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment *

I can say nothing polite about this puzzle so I will say nothing.

Toughie 926

Toughie No 926 by Excalibur

Same old, same old

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

Precisely what you expect from a puzzle by this setter.

Toughie 910

Toughie No 910 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

Everything you expect from an Excalibur puzzle.

Toughie 883

Toughie No 883 by Excalibur

Yoda strikes back!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

I’m sure that there are solvers who will like this puzzle, I am not one of them.

Toughie 865

Toughie No 865 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

Thanks to Big Dave for standing in for me again last week. I appear to have left him with a brute of a puzzle but I have to emphasise that I had no prior warning that it was going to be so difficult. However I feel certain that he would have preferred to blog that puzzle rather than this week’s Excalibur puzzle. I thought that this was a reasonable puzzle which took me an above-average time. But steady progress was made once I’d got my brain into ‘solving an Excalibur puzzle’ mode and was able to deal with the unconventional order of words used especially in container clues (or Yoda-speak as Big Dave calls it [I can't claim the credit for that one, Tilsit was the first to use it back in July 2009. BD]).

Toughie 845

Toughie No 845 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

After a slow start I made steady progress until I was left with one to do. That was 6 down and I had difficulty with it because I had convinced myself that since the answer was plural it must end in S. I enjoyed the puzzle and thought it was as good an Excalibur puzzle as I have ever blogged.