July 24, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 26 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 26 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A slightly more benevolent proXimal today, the top half almost rattled off the keyboard but the bottom half slowed things up a bit. I have hinted at exactly half of an evenly balanced 14a/14d clues. I hope we don’t have any late changes today as I haven’t quite recovered from the shenanigans over last week’s lurker that wasn’t.

Nocturnal refreshment was from the Black Sheep Brewery and the Bruichladdich distillery, this morning I am still drinking the slightly too dark Brazilian coffee I referred to last week.

Here goes with the hints…


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EV 1549 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1549 (Hints)

Elementary IV: A Dramatic Instruction by Kcit

Hints and tips by Phibs

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Today we have the fourth in the Elementary series, the overall motif for which should now be clear to those who have tackled puzzles I-III.
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ST 3170 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3170 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have cooled down to the low/middle 20s.

For me, Dada providing a quirky puzzle of two halves, NW and SE, the latter being the more friendly, with, if I have counted correctly, eight anagrams, seven of them partials, one lurker (reversed), and one homophone – all in a symmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading