March 20, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

MPP 118 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 118 – Review

March 2022

Mates by Phibs
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Sunday Toughie 8 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 8 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Hello from a sunny but breezy Yorkshire,
Yesterday was quite a fun day, it started with a great SPP from Chalicea. Tilsit’s Blog came with a delightful pic that inspired me to take a trip out to the Ribble Valley, and as it happens Chalicea was back home in deepest Yorkshire. We probably passed like ships in the night in the many traffic problems in that area yesterday.

It’s a small world but I wouldn’t like to paint it!

Zandio has brought us a fine not too tough toughie, once I saw the metaphor in 1a it flowed quite smoothly. I was still up half the night sorting out a recalcitrant printer driver but restoratives from the fine distillers at Bruichladdich helped me last night, and this morning a rather nice Sparkenhoe Vintage Red Leicester and Coffee from Roost roastery in Malton, kept me going this morning.

28 cules today 14 of each I have hinted half but if you get to the hind I may have nudged a couple more. Cules is a deliberate misspelling (see 14a)

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EV 1531 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1531 (Hints)

The Correct Solution by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be Gaston’s 24th crossword in the Enigmatic Variations series. Solvers will remember his puzzle where we drew a map of the jumps in the Grand National, then his final puzzle after the EV Ladies’ Month where he included geographic features in ‘The South American One’ and his ‘Quest’ that took us back to Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.… Continue reading

ST 3152 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3152 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where the thaw has begun, but that means all the dirt, rubbish, and goodness knows what else in the road-side snow banks becomes visible and adds to the clean-up requirements!… Continue reading