June 12, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 20 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 20 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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After Friday’s relatively easy X less pangram, I was expecting a sterner test today, and boy did I get it. This took at least 3 times longer than Friday’s proXimal most of it spent staring at answers and reverse parsing them. I admit that the first word of 9a remains unparsed. I can explain the head part, but is he a twin or just a bad chef. Over to your good selves to help out. Anyway, this blog isn’t going to write itself so here goes…

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EV 1543 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1543 (Hints)

Hard Bargain by Opsimath

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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You will already have encountered Opsimath’s crosswords. He sets in the in the Magpie, Listener, Inquisitor and EV series. This is his third EV and should be welcome to new solvers as he firmly believes in fair and generous clues and doesn’t look for difficulty for its own sake in his crosswords.… Continue reading

ST 3164 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3164 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where some of us, including me, are head scratching and it’s not because of a challenging crossword.  An organisation that goes under the moniker of ‘Economic Development Winnipeg’ has come up with a new slogan/tag line/whatchamacallit for the city – Winnipeg: Made from what’s real.… Continue reading