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Toughie 2505

Toughie No 2505 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

This is Elgar’s 157th Toughie. I managed to get the right hand side first, then NW, and ended up struggling in the SW corner, wanting badly to enter SLIPPERY for 17d.… Continue reading

ST 2505

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2505

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Quite a tough puzzle this week – a change from the usual gentle Sunday stroll. No harm in this when it’s a prize puzzle, and an easy few months or so may have been deliberate while solvers adapted to a style very different to the old Sunday Telegraph puzzles.
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ST 2505 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2505 – Hints

Are They Getting Harder?

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

If you’ve woken up this morning feeling a bit under the weather you’ll probably need a good supply of caffeine to give you the strength to tackle this puzzle. It’s a real challenge, and it seems to me that it’s approaching the standard of a Toughie, but all the clues are impeccably constructed  and I really enjoyed battling with it.

As usual, we don’t publish answers for the prize puzzles until the entry deadline has passed. Below are a few hints for some of the more interesting clues, to help you get started.

All comments are appreciated, but please do not include any full or partial answers.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 16th October.

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