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Sunday Toughie 35 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 35 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A not-too tricky Sunday Toughie from Zandio today. I cannot confirm whether it was harder than his Friday offering as work and Mama Bee curtailed my cruciverbalism that day.

Several cups of 16d were required to parse a couple and I hope I have got them now, please feel free to correct me if you disagree. I have hinted half of an even 14a/14d, but even so, there are quite enough hard ones unhinted. I think I have the latitude to help with a few bonuses if you want more hints, just ask away and I will try and help.

Here we go…

 

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EV 1558 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1558 (Hints)

Name That Tune by X-Type

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is X-Type’s sixth EV crossword. His generous cluing style and use of familiar language will give a speedy solve to old hands and be a pleasure to solve for newcomers to the advanced thematic cryptics.… Continue reading

ST 3179 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3179 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where on Thursday, the last (partial) day of astronomical summer, we started off the day at a chilly plus 1 degree.

For me, Dada sort of friendly, although it took me a little while to ‘get going’ – six anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and one (doubtful) homophone – all in an asymmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 30101 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30101 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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Crypticsue and Mr CS are celebrating a significant anniversary today – many congratulations to them and best wishes for an enjoyable day. I’ve been called off the bench to provide a few hints for the Saturday Prize Puzzle.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 34 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 34 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Not the hardest Sunday Toughie but a cheeseboard and a couple of wines provide refreshment. We have a nice even 14a  and 14d clues. I have hinted half and hope you find the checkers to finish. I am not going to compete for the prize today as I submitted an incorrect answer (see below) that 16d’s my chances today.

Here we go…

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ST 3178 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3178 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where it is just about time to get the pullovers out and hope that the moths haven’t been munching on them, the woollen ones that is, during the summer.… Continue reading

DT 30095 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30095 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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Good morning from a lovely sunny, if very chilly, autumnal day here in East Kent. It doesn’t take long to work out who set this week’s Prize Puzzle – the pangram with quite a lot of anagrams means it must be the work of Cephas
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Sunday Toughie 33 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 33 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A little rushed this morning, and as usual a parsing or two still elude me. particularly 14a where the wordplay is a mystery. 16 across and 14 down clues and I have hinted half. I have left the drinks unhinted (4a, 5d 25a) but the strong cider at 27a is a trademark proXimal extraction/anagram. The reverse lurker at 8d will have been heard by anyone who listened to the proclamation of King Charles III

Here we go folks…

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EV 1556 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1556 (Hints)

Limitations by Jaques

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Jaques is familiar to EV solvers and to Magpie, Inquisitor and Listener solvers too. We know that his clues can be difficult and expect a challenge but we can also expect an amusing endgame.… Continue reading