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Toughie 2880

Toughie No 2880 by Elgar

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

We have a little (6,3) Nina at the top centre (and a strong hint in 22a) relevant to today. Some of these clues took me a long time to parse!… Continue reading

Toughie 2872

Toughie No 2872 by Elgar

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

Clever and not as hard as the last one, enjoy!

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Across:

1     In fall from on high, jewellery found in belly-button fluff?… Continue reading

Toughie 2856

Toughie No 2856 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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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 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 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 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 2824

Toughie No 2824 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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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 2816

Toughie No 2816 by Elgar

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

Today would have been the 70th birthday of a gentleman whose name appears as a Nina. A delightful theme which helped the solve

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Toughie 2808

Toughie No 2808 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

The answer to the long down clue indicates a clever theme, which includes a Nina.

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Across


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Cut up about housing mum, they mark locations in America (8)

PUSHPINS: A reversal (about) of another word for cut and UP from the clue contains an interjection meaning mum or hush



8 Broadcast Q&A relating to one telling tales of macabre bird (6)

HOOPOE: A homophone (broadcast) of a quick question and answer (3,3) a to identify a macabre writer


9 Upbraid agent, film producer and studio executive (8)

REPROACH: A 3-letter agent, and the name of a film producer / studio executive

10 Like a submarine?Continue reading