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Toughie 834

Toughie 834 by Elgar

Where did those years go???

Brought to you by Fred and Ginger

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

The fiendish Vlad obviously donned his fluffier footwear today in order to mark an event that happened fifteen years ago today.  Elgar’s puzzles often divide opinions and we imagine that this one will do so too.  However, if you want to be able to say that you managed to defeat the great man, this may well be the puzzle to try.  As Ginger is having an awayday today, we had to wait up until just after midnight to tackle this little gem.

Being old, Fred had forgotten about the date, but from the last across clue, things suddenly fell into place.  It has to be said that Fred has an acute aversion to this song, much preferring the original version which was haunting and memorable.

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