January 29, 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 53 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 53 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A nice offering from proXimal to start the second year of Sunday Toughies. It will be a long time (about 58 years I think) before it gets to celebrate a 3000th as the normal Toughie did on Friday. A couple of proXimal trademark extraction anagrams and as normal for me some doubts about parsing remain (1d – but see the hint for what I made of it)
14a and 14d clues and I have hinted half. As usual the BRB and thesaurus are your friends.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1575 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1575 (Hints)

Follow the Instructions by Kcit

Hints and tips by Phibs

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Georges Remi, the creator of Tintin, came up with his pseudonym by taking his first and last initials, reversing them, and turning the French pronunciation of the individual letters into the name Hergé. Today’s setter did something along the same lines – his first and last initials are PH, a reversal of which gives HP, an abbreviation for ‘hire-purchase’. This loosely equates to ‘credit’ or ‘tick’, and a complementary reversal  of the latter gives ‘kcit’. Simples!

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ST 3197 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3197 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, with the end of January in sight, the un-seasonally warm two or three weeks we have enjoyed has already come to an end and we are back in the deep freeze with a high temperature (using the term loosely) of minus 23 degrees yesterday with a similar forecast for today.… Continue reading