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Toughie 282

Toughie No 282 by Notabilis

Only one man found it easy?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

After a run of tough Friday puzzles (and similar scattered over the holiday period) this was some respite for a rather tired brain, and a very nice mix of straightforward clues interspersed with a handful of cleverly constructed teasers.

How easy? Well, we don’t give times here, so can we measure in mugs of coffee? Great – thanks! This was half a mugful and the dregs were still hot enough to drink by the time I reached an inexplicable block at 25d (which is ridiculous when you see how easy it actually is; it’s just that Notabilis has disguised it brilliantly). On first pass I had about half of the acrosses in, which helped me to around two thirds of the downs, and most of the first-pass hurdles were then dealt with quickly.

As ever, my favourite clues are in blue.

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