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Sunday Toughie 43

Sunday Toughie No 43 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 20th of November 2022

 

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Sunday Toughie 44 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 44 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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It is Mama Bee’s 86th birthday today so I may be a bit tardy in responding to comments, as we are taking her out for afternoon tea at (where else) Betty’s.

I was expecting a Zandio today but instead, we have a proXimal, maybe he wanted to give 5d an airing before he disappears into the political wilderness again. A broad stripe from top left to the bottom right came quite quickly but the other corners exercised the grey matter a bit more. Christmas rears its head a couple of times as do our near neighbours across the channel, but the city of Paris refers to the location of the mythological soldier who gave his name to the French capital.

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 43 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 43 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I found this at the difficult end of the Toughie spectrum, equivalent to a Thursday or maybe Friday Toughie rather than the somewhat gentler Tuesday level that Zandio says Mr Ed. is aiming for. I needed my dictionary for a couple of obscurities, (if the unit of magnetic field strength was the first thing to mind you are a better cruciverbalist than I)

When the long down clues revealed themselves I picked up the pace a little but it was still a bit of a grind (rather like an 8d innings!) With 20d I have a definition and an answer but the wordplay eludes me, any ideas?
Anyway, this isn’t getting the baby bathed.

Here we go…

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Sunday Toughie 42 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 42 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I found this a little easier than the last from proXimal, helped by remembering that the last time we had the other SJB in this slot we had an epic poem. Today we have the author of that poem. I have hinted at half of an evenly split 14a/14d clues, but as usual, I am open to discussion about the other clues that you may find tricky.

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 41 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 41 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Thanks to Gazza for stepping in to do the hints last week, I was busy boozing myself silly with Elgar, Dutch, Smylers, Fez and many other Big Dave and Fifteensquared alums and a great time was had by all.

It didn’t take too long to crack this last night but I am sure a skinful would have hampered me. I have hinted at half of an evenly balanced 28 clues and hope you have enough checkers to get the rest.

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Sunday Toughie 39 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 39 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I am a bit under the weather today, proXimal gave me a good brain mangling last night and the after-effects of a COVID booster make me feel like I have been beaten up by a baseball bat all night. Today’s mystery parsing is 9a but as it is just 2/3rd checked a guess should suffice. Not sure I will have the energy or time to illustrate too many but anyway.
Here we go, Folks…

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