Category Archives: Notabilis

Notabilis is Roger Phillips. He is also Kea of the Listener and Nestor of the Independent

Toughie 1859

Toughie No 1859 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A stunningly good puzzle from Notabilis showing some very tidy cluemanship and trademark precision. I enjoyed this immensely. It took me 3* time to complete the grid, but it took a little longer before I had the full parsing for 17a, 19a, and 4d.… Read More

Toughie 1839

Toughie No 1839 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another elegant puzzle by Notabilis with fun wordplay, lovely indications and clever definitions. I managed to finish it before the school run though I only saw the parsing of 4d several hours later.… Read More

Toughie 1823

Toughie No 1823 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

What we have today is a rare sighting of a Telegraph Toughie crossword that does what it says on the tin. A challenging  solve, with plenty of entertainment along the way, requiring a serious amount of thought to both solve the clues and then parse/explain them.  … Read More

Toughie 1803

Toughie No 1803 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A genuine toughie – this took me longer than the other three toughies this week combined! Uber-elegant clueing with trademark precision plus a hidden present of a Dutch masterpiece (thank you Notabilis!).… Read More

Toughie 1787

Toughie No 1787 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

A tricky puzzle that I finished in just over 2* time. Trademark seamless precision, lots of innovative wordplay and misleading definitions – including several clever part-of-speech misleads –  made this a most enjoyable solve.… Read More

Toughie 1771

Toughie No 1771 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Notabilis is living up to his cheeky parrot name. A great puzzle which delights in its devious clueing, without being impossibly hard. Very original and a joy to solve.… Read More

Toughie 1743

Toughie No 1743 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another excellent puzzle from Notabilis with his trademark precision cluing – I enjoyed the down-specific indicators, exact instructions, clever definitions and clean anagrams. I was surprised it was all over for me in 2* time with 8d and 21d being the last to parse.… Read More

Toughie 1727

Toughie No 1727 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

At the time of solving I did not know who the compiler was. The Nina hinted Sparks to me, but turns out I was wrong. CS e-mailed me to let me know it was Notabilis (many thanks Sue), and indeed, there is plenty of his trademark precision – though I didn’t find this one of his easier puzzles.… Read More

Toughie 1711

Toughie No 1711 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Another beautifully precise puzzle from Notabilis. I managed to finish this in what for me is 3* time, but in the top half I was helped by the Nina which I boldly entered before the answers – I can imagine it might take a little longer if you don’t do that.… Read More

Toughie 1699

Toughie No 1699 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

An excellent pangram from Notabilis with a nice Nina as well. This puzzle oozes exact clueing as usual, with lovely definitions and brilliant penny-drop moments. All very, very tidy – a work of art.… Read More