Toughie No 1252 by Elkamere
Not 9 across – it didn’t take an 23 across
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Elkamere must be mellowing with age because his puzzles these days seem nowhere near as difficult as some of his early puzzles were. I don’t mind that because this was a very enjoyable puzzle. The clue for 5 down is provided by 8 other answers. I guessed the answer to 5 down from some of the checking letters and this enabled me to work out the two other answers used in the clue that I hadn’t yet got.