March 12, 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 59 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 59 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A tricky but doable Toughie today from proXimal.A slightly uneven 14a and 16d clues today, as ever I am struggling to keep hints down to half, there may be some bonus hints. I loved the topicality of 1a and 24a

I am still shivering without a boiler but plenty of coffee breaks will keep me going, and I have a subliminal yen for olives stuffed with peppers and beetroot soup for lunch, washed down with a French aperitif. I better get on with it before I suffer a 27a emotional change.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1581 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1581 (Hints)

Aircon by Ifor

Hints and tips by Phibs

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Ifor is a name of Welsh origin, meaning ‘archer’, and also the label given to the Implementation Force, a NATO-led multinational peace enforcement unit deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1995 and 1996 under the codename Operation Joint Endeavour. However, I suspect that the alias assumed by today’s setter owes more to the Deefor Dog, Ellfor Leather and Peefor Pleasure school of nomenclature. Let’s hope we’re not dealing with Ifor Impenetrable…

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ST 3203 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3203 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, while it was snowing at 2:00am this morning, we endured the biannual nonsense of changing our clocks and other timing devices by one hour, ‘springing forward’ in this case. … Continue reading