Category Archives: Excalibur

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

Toughie 1234

Toughie No 1234 by Excalibur

A Shirley Temple or something a little stronger??

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

A Tuesday level Toughie from Excalibur with several  opportunities to type ‘from the clue’ as I prepared the blog.  The difficulty rating is 2.5 because parsing some of the clues did take slightly longer than usual… Read More

Toughie 1218

Toughie No 1218 by Excalibur

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I fairly raced through three-quarters of this one, then had to slow up a bit in the final (SW) quadrant. Even so this puzzle scarcely lives up to its billing.… Read More

Toughie 1190

Toughie No 1190 by Excalibur

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This is a typically quirky puzzle from Excalibur. We have lots of very short anagrams including several with only three letters and one (and I don’t remember ever having seen this before) with only two letters.… Read More

Toughie 1170

Toughie No 1170 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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A straightforward Toughie to start the week, although I think our setter was in fighting mood when she worked on some of the clues!… Read More

Toughie 1150

Toughie No 1150 by Excalibur

The Week Starts Here!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. I managed to stage an escape from the clutches of Matron yesterday and came home to the milk I had left out when the ambulance arrived to ferry me off, which appears to have turned into that little-known Calderdale Cheese, and bread that Alexander Fleming would be interested in studying.… Read More

Toughie 1130

Toughie No 1130 by Excalibur

Tipsy?   Not Us!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Locarno Ballroom in Carlisle.  Ginger and I are doing the Not Totally Strictly Come Dancing Tour with the lookalikes Ben Goodman, Darcey Mussels, Craig Kenwood Mixer and Bruno Ravioli.  … Read More

Toughie 1112

Toughie No 1112 by Excalibur

A Grumpy New Year to One and All

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *

I lost interest in this puzzle half-way through and would have given up on it had I not had a blog to write. It took me far to long to do and I didn’t enjoy it at all.… Read More

Toughie 1088

Toughie No 1088 by Excalibur

The Eden Project, Phase I

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

Bufo is having a day off so I’ve been called from the subs’ bench to blog this Excalibur Toughie. I thought it was a real mixture with some good clues (the ones I liked best being 19a, 6d and 11d), some that I didn’t like (14a and 26d) and some surface readings that didn’t make much sense (e.g.… Read More

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).… Read More

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.… Read More