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Toughie 255

Toughie No 255 by Osmosis

At full stretch

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

This was a bit of a monster, not helped by the E/E* grid and a preponderance of very common cross-checking letters; 8a was a case in point, a ten minute slog with only -A-E- available. The clues were a mix of some truly stunning bits of inventiveness and the occasional grumble, typified by the past participle “welcomed” in 9d.

*E/E means even/even – in which the answers appear in the even-numbered rows and columns.

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Clues in blue are the ones I enjoyed most of all.

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