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Sunday Toughie 23 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 23 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I stared at a virtually empty grid for ages until the pennies started to drop, but that was a real toughie. On the grounds of difficulty, I am struggling to leave any unhinted but here we go. I will try and toss in a bonus pic hints but as most of Sunday so far has been spent wrestling with this I may be brief. This won’t get the baby bathed so here we go…

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30028

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***

Good Morning from North Yorkshire. Deep Threat is still on holiday but is back in the saddle next week. I am back for a final go at the Friday back pager.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 22 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 22 by Zandio

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Not the trickiest Sunday Toughie so far but I still had a bit of trouble in the SW. I solved this whilst watching Macca at Glastonbury, who seemed to be having a bit of trouble in the South West too but he got better as the set went on. (Terence said he thought it was good from first to last and he has put a clip up on Senf’s blog so check it out there.) I had a full grid by the time Lauren Laverne had finished the post-gig analysis and I had finished a wee dram. Seven hours of kip and coffee to hand here goes with the hints…

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Sunday Toughie 20

Sunday Toughie No 20 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 12th of June 2022

This was a tricky little devil that took me a lot longer to solve than the previous proXimal I blogged for the holidaying Deep Threat (Two days earlier #30,010). It is impressive how the other SJB (Steven J Bartlett) can pitch his puzzles with just the right level of difficulty between his back page and toughie puzzles. I believe I get one more go in DT’s blogging chair on the 1st of July, I wonder who I will get then.

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Sunday Toughie 21 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 21 by Robyn

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Another tricky toughie that delayed the final swig of Laphroiagh until the wee small hours. I am awake now, refreshed and suitably caffeinated, ready to hint at today’s Robyn Toughie. As is usual for these toughies I am struggling to curtail my hinting to about half. Pictures may help to nudge in the right direction.

In Big Dave’s absence, Tilsit has been taking his responsibilities as the head of the Village Elders seriously and has been exercising his RED pencil on some comments. He may even want to cut some of my hints down!

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Sunday Toughie 19

Sunday Toughie No 19 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 5th of June 2022

I think that was my first Nina to blog, and I missed it! But Mustafa and the rest of the commentariat spotted it. 10a, 24a, 13d and 15d provide a nice little PROFIT MARGIN. It might explain why I got my TEN flipped confused with my Net in 30,010 recently or at least that’s my excuse. Thanks to all who stepped in to help, I am sure I will need it again soon. Here we go with the latest guesses from the BeeHive.

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Sunday Toughie 20 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 20 by proXimal

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After Friday’s relatively easy X less pangram, I was expecting a sterner test today, and boy did I get it. This took at least 3 times longer than Friday’s proXimal most of it spent staring at answers and reverse parsing them. I admit that the first word of 9a remains unparsed. I can explain the head part, but is he a twin or just a bad chef. Over to your good selves to help out. Anyway, this blog isn’t going to write itself so here goes…

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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30010

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****

Good Morning from North Yorkshire. Deep Threat is still on holiday so I am back for another go at the back pager. I am also at work until 18:30 so apart from a brief visit during my lunch break I will be unable to comment.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 18

Sunday Toughie No 18 by Zandio

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 29th of May 2022

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1a    Left Spain after report about weather front for ships (10)
FORECASTLE:        L for left and E (The IVR code) for Spain, go after a weather report or FORECAST L E.… Continue reading