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Toughie 814

Toughie 814 by Notabilis

Where’s Theseus when you need him?

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

At about ten to nine this morning I uttered the immortal words ‘thank goodness this is the first Friday for ages I don’t have to worry about blogging the Toughie, as it is proving impossible to solve’.   Luckily for me, the cryptic grey matter gradually woke up, as I then received an email from Tilsit….!!

This week has been a really great one for lovers of the Toughie,  and today’s puzzle completes the set very nicely.   Some of the clues take ages for the penny to drop and then once you look at the wordplay, you wonder why on earth it took so long, the SW corner of the crossword being a fine example of this phenomenon.   I did have a few dense moments with some of the wordplay,  for which the assistance of Big Dave is gratefully acknowledged.

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