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Toughie 2968

Toughie No 2968 by Elgar

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

A nice steady solve, though back to 5* time for me. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
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Toughie 2964

Toughie No 2964 by Artix

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

Sorry, running a bit late. I found this quite hard – I was not totally on wavelength, as they say. I still don’t fully understand 4/17d, suggestions welcome.… Continue reading

Toughie 2960

Toughie No 2960 by Elgar

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To my surprise I had a full grid in 2* time, which is definitely a first for me with an Elgar. However, it then took me quite a bit more time to parse 24a properly!… Continue reading

Toughie 2952

Toughie No 2952 by Elgar

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

I very much enjoyed the Sloggers and Betters get-together in York last weekend, meeting up with old friends – many from Rookie Corner who are now setters for the dailies – as well as meeting new friends.… Continue reading

Toughie 2948

Toughie No 2948 by Sparks

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

Some things I didn’t know, but all fairly clued of course. I found some of this hard but there are quite a few easier clues sprinkled about the grid.… Continue reading

Toughie 2944

Toughie No 2944 by Elgar

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

I thought I had picked up on a race-horse theme (googling every across entry – apart from the 4-letter pair – together with ‘horse’ gave a race-horse hit) but Elgar tells me there was no such intention.… Continue reading

Toughie 2940

Toughie No 2940 by Osmosis

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

I was slow to get going in the top half, but the rest seemed more tractable. Thankfully, there were a few easier clues. Again, Osmosis has omitted almost half the alphabet.… Continue reading

Toughie 2936

Toughie No 2936 by Elgar

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

This Elgar puzzle seemed slightly(!) easier than usual, though I had to check a cricket reference and use my Chambers. I still had a few left to parse after filling the grid, pushing me towards 5* time.… Continue reading

Toughie 2932

Toughie No 2932 by Sparks

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

Brrr, getting cold and raining. Poor dogs are shivering too, they had a haircut yesterday. Now that they can see, they are being silly and leaping around all over the place, just the distraction you need when blogging.… Continue reading