February 11, 2024 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 107 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 107

by Robyn


Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee


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Robyn starts with a Spoonerism today, but once over that hurdle, the rest went smoothly
The 2 & 16d combo was my favourite by the proverbial mile but plenty of others satisfied 10a 12a and 9d fight it out for my minor places

What was your favourite?

We have 14a and 16d clues today and I have hinted half – if any ones you find tricky haven’t made the cut I have some leeway to offer a nudge or two

Here we go…

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EV 1629 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1629 (Hints)

Ceaselessly by Curmudgeon

Hints and tips by Phibs

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The author Anne Rice, most famous for Interview with the Vampire, used the pseudonym Anne Rampling when writing a couple of slightly risqué novels. I believe that my fellow blogger, whose output frequently appears under the name Chalicea, uses the nom de clef Curmudgeon for her somewhat edgier puzzles. Though let’s be clear that we’re not talking here about the cruciverbal underworld inhabited by Private Eye‘s Cyclops, and certainly not the nether regions of decency explored by the appropriately-styled setters of the Craptic Crossword in Viz. Strong stuff this is not, although I’m sure the wordplay in 10a and the definition in 9d would never have sullied the thoughts of the demure Chalicea.

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ST 3251 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3251 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have had some more of the fluffy white precipitation but not as much as in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland where, in three days this week, communities ‘received’ amounts ranging from 60cms to 150cms (that’s two feet to five feet in ‘old money’) with a lot of snow drifts due to high winds.… Continue reading