Category Archives: Excalibur

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

Toughie 1066

Toughie No 1066 by Excalibur

1066 And All That

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Most of the answers here went in fairly easily and it might have been 1* for difficulty if I hadn’t been held up in the NW corner (due to my incorrect assumption that rum in 3d was an anagram indicator and my failure to realise that exorcising in 7a was meant to be one).

Toughie 1046

Toughie No 1046 by Excalibur

Anyone for Venice?

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

Good afternoon from South Staffs, where a bright morning has become an overcast autumnal day.

A gentle start to the Toughie week, though I found that some of the clues took longer to explain than to solve.

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.