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Toughie 2968

Toughie No 2968 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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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 2960

Toughie No 2960 by Elgar

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

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

Hints and tips by Dutch

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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 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 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 2928

Toughie No 2928 by Elgar

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

As usual with Elgar, an extremely satisfying solve with lots of amazing clues,  though a slow start, a slow middle and a slow finish. Several clues parsed after completion – some while writing up the blog, which often happens with me.… Continue reading

Toughie 2912

Toughie No 2912 by Elgar

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

Another clever puzzle by Elgar. We have a theme, as suggested by 27d

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Across:

6a    Starveling rejected jelly and cake (10)

RAGAMUFFIN: A reversal (rejected) of a 4-letter jelly plus a cake

8a    Broadcasting this way would be poor/average (4)

MIEN: A homophone of the answer means both poor and average

9a    Snug Bar Tony’s principal reasons not to get a round?… Continue reading

Toughie 2904

Toughie No 2904 by Elgar

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

Today Elgar gives us a pangram with lots of lovely clues. Four all-in-ones in across

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Across

8a    Animals replaced in launcher by ex-POTUS’s granny (8)

BABUSHKA: Replace a 3-letter collection of animals in a 7-letter word for a hand-held missile launcher with an ex-American president

9a    I, the Reaper, caught one frozen in suspense (6)

ICICLE: I from the clue plus a homophone (caught) of a tool that is a reaper

10a    Rust on surface – will nothing stop it?Continue reading

Toughie 2896

Toughie No 2896 by Elgar

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

Wow. I know Elgar won’t use this grid lightly. Quite the wonderful and oh-so-satisfying penny drop when you finally figure out what is going on. A great construction, thank you Elgar!!… Continue reading