February 4, 2024 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 106 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 106

by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio brings us a fine Sunday Toughie (his 33rd) which I found at least as much fun as his Friday backpager
I think I have parsed them but 18d was most of the trouble and I hope I have got the gist I am sure you will put me right

We have 14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half
Here we go…

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EV 1628 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1628 (Hints)

Could Be by Jaques

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I asked Bard, “If you COULD BE a crossword setter or a crossword solver, which would you prefer, and why?” His response made me think that as a setter he might struggle with the 400-ish word limit on an EV composition, since it could hardly be described as terse even after a few sentences have been edited out.

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ST 3250 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3250 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, across the country, the unseasonably warm weather conditions mean that many of the outdoor winter activities that rely on sufficient snow and ice are being curtailed or cancelled.  For example, no skating or cross-country skiing on the Nestaweya River Trail on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers here in Winnipeg and no skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.… Continue reading