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Toughie 2856

Toughie No 2856 by Elgar

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

Some of you may have noticed answers with a common 2-letter abbreviation, e.g. 20/23 (and 3 more examples). Now you can guess which number Telegraph Toughie this is for our setter!… Continue reading

Toughie 2852

Toughie No 2852 by Osmosis

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

I found parts of this quite difficult. Again, Osmosis has omitted 12/26 letters of the alphabet (though we have Z).

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Toughie 2848

Toughie No 2848 by Elgar

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

A few things I needed to look up. There’s a Nina used by 20d/22d, and plenty of quirkiness to keep us on our toes

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Toughie 2844

Toughie No 2844 by Notabilis

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

What a pleasure to blog a Notabilis again. A lovely puzzle full of clever misleads. Thanks CS for the illustration to 8d.

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Toughie 2840

Toughie No 2840 by Elgar

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

Getting the long clues early is a big help in this puzzle. Elgar’s snacks seem very healthy!

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Toughie 2836

Toughie No 2836 by proXimal

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

An accessible puzzle with plenty of innovative clueing. It’s been a while since I have blogged a proXimal, nice to see him again.

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Toughie 2832

Toughie No 2832 by Elgar

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

A not-overly-difficult puzzle today. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought and how you got on. Definitions are underlined as usual

Across

1a More historic books probing a bit of North America are inside (2,4)

DO TIME: The abbreviation for the older biblical books goes inside (probing) a North American coin (bit – but not the American meaning of bit, where there are two in a quarter!)… Continue reading

Toughie 2828

Toughie No 2828 by Osmosis

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

Today’s Osmosis felt a bit easier than some of his recent puzzles. Once again, he omits eleven letters of the alphabet in his grid. I appreciated the clues more on writing up the blog than during the solve, which often happens.… Continue reading

Toughie 2824

Toughie No 2824 by Elgar

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

I hope the cute 4x (7,3) Nina helped you with this puzzle. I found it a pleasant solve, though as usual a few parsings were not immediately apparent!… Continue reading

Toughie 2820

Toughie No 2820 by Artix

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

I got 1a then stared for a while. A slightly frustrating solve that involved (for me, anyway) a generous amount of research. However, on writing up the blog, I was able to savour the clues again and there are some very fine ones.… Continue reading