Category Archives: Excalibur

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

Toughie 1381

Toughie No 1381 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ***

A nice puzzle in the Excalibur style. Apologies for a hurried review.

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Toughie 1357

Toughie No 1357 by Excalibur

The Sword in the Stone and the Stick in the Mud

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BD Rating - Difficulty **** - Enjoyment ****

The more I get into crosswords, the more I realise what a fusspot I can be about strict cluing (at least as I see it).… Read More

Toughie 1333

Toughie No 1333 by Excalibur

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BD Rating - Difficulty **** - Enjoyment ****

Psst... don't tell the boss, but for the most part I thought this was a lovely puzzle from Excalibur. I like her short clues with their vivid surface readings and imagery, and had fun figuring out the wordplay.… Read More

Toughie 1314

Toughie No 1314 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

As our usual Tuesday chappie is gallivanting elsewhere, I’ve offered to help out today. I won’t go on about the grid, but suffice it to say, it is not one of my favourites.… Read More

Toughie 1292

Toughie No 1292 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I made fairly slow progress to begin with while I was refamiliarising myself with Excalibur’s quirky style. It took me some time to finish off the north-east corner and that accounts for the extra half star in the difficulty rating

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Toughie 1270

 

Toughie No 1270 by Excalibur

One for the bird’s … or do I mean birds?!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

A typical Excalibur puzzle to fill the Tuesday ‘Toughie’ slot.

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Toughie 1250

Toughie No 1250 by Excalibur

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BD Rating - Difficulty *** - Enjoyment ***

Even for those of us who are not too fussed about anagram quotas, thirteen is surely on the high side. Still, they make for some nice surface readings in this Excalibur puzzle. Slightly trickier than recent Tuesday offerings, I thought.… Read More

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