March 27, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 9 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 9 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio is back for the first “on the trot” setting of the new toughie. ProXimal, Robyn and Zandio are now on 3 each. I wonder if they are going to settle on a 3-week rotation. Time will tell. As I write this (Saturday evening) I am aware that we get an hour less in bed tonight and tomorrow Mama Bee will be controlling Mothering Sundays activities. As a result, this blog may be a little shorter than usual and I hope I have given enough hints to help you over the line. Thanks to all who chipped in last week with some of my parsing failures, your services may be required again today.

An interesting coincidence today, between 9a here and 13a in 3153 very similar ways to get to the answer. Which is the better clue?

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EV 1532 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1532 (Hints)

How? by Vagans

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Solvers will already have met Vagans whose first Inquisitor, ‘Excess Baggage’, (with Dante’s Divina Commedia as the subject) appeared last year. In his ‘Encounter’, his first EV, Stanley met Livingstone at Ujiji. His first Listener crossword, ‘Hear, Hear’ gave us another theme that required some background knowledge.… Continue reading

ST 3153 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3153 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where Mother Nature has reminded us that the change of Seasons is not a ‘step function’ like turning a light on or off rather it is a gradual process during which there may be some regression to the previous season’s weather such as we have had for the last three or four days!… Continue reading