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Toughie 277

New Year’s Eve Toughie No 277 by Elgar

2 + 9 = 15

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

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

Elgar gives us yet another treat and a completely unexpected theme linking all of the answers.

SPOILER ALERT – only reveal the next sentence if you are really stuck

{All answers contain at least one instance of the letters RE, which are ignored in the wordplay – except for 10a, which is odd (unless I’m missing something). The first number in brackets refers to the number of letters used in the wordplay.}

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