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Toughie 251

Toughie No 251 by Notabilis

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

A good, solid and challenging workout from Notabilis, aka Kea, aka a long-established Times setter. I made pretty rapid progress to complete the NW and SE corners, but the other two gave all kinds of trouble. In almost all cases it was down to me not spotting the right things, although one hold-up was due to not knowing the reference at 18dn.

Quality setting throughout, and definitely on the tough side of tough.

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