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Sunday Toughie 22 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 22 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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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 21 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 21 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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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 20 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 20 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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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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Sunday Toughie 19 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 19 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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This may be a bit brief today as I have to attend a speed awareness course this morning, when it is over (about 10:30) I will endeavour to come and garnish the blog. It all depends on how quickly I solved this last night (tonight as I write this) rather than how quickly I drove through Horton in Ribblesdale in April !.

Thanks to Robyn for a toughie that while still tricky didn’t delay me so long that I haven’t had time to attend my speed awareness course and even left time for me to add some pics to go along with the hints. Mustafa has pointed out that there is a nice little Nina in the four three letter answers.


I have hinted at exactly half of today’s clues and further nudges can be seen in the images. Dear reader you have always treated the hints with the respect BD asks for below, so once again I will be tolerant of some discussion about tricky parsings. I probably need the help.
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Sunday Toughie 18 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 18 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I took my time getting going last night but when the three lurkers (one reversed) revealed themselves in the SW corner I got on a roll. I was going to stick at 7 of 14 across and 7 of 14 down hints but a PDM on 12a just made the cut. I am not sure I have seen all there is to see in 18a either so I remain tolerant of some discussion.

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Sunday Toughie 17 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 17 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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This was a real tricky one for me. I was able to have a blog at another of the Sunday Toughie setters (Zandio) in a Friday back page guise and although it was quite tricky I managed it in half the time that this proXimal Toughie took.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 16 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 16 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I was expecting Zandio last week but here he is now. Not the hardest of this series so far but still tricky enough to merit the Toughie status.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 15 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 15 by proXimal (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I was expecting another Zandio today, but we have a proXimal instead. This one pushed me to the very edge of my solving ability, but a couple of nudges from the 5 freebies got me over the line.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 14 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 14 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A reasonably easy Sunday toughie from Robyn today, I have even half-finished the review for a week on Wednesday.

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Sunday Toughie 13 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 13 by proXimal (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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proXimal again today for Sunday Toughie #13. Let’s hope that there is nothing to put fear into any Triskaidekaphobes out there. I half-jokingly asked proXimal whether

“Anything that Triskaidekaphobics have to fear in #13?” – He replied;

“Yes, the four 13-letter entries. Also, a double helping of proXimal tomorrow, as I set the EV puzzle as well.”

I have to say that I didn’t have too much problem with the 13-letter entries but the pesky bird in 25a still eludes me.

Got him! see the spoiler at the end…

Anyway here goes with today’s hints…

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