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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 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

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 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

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 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

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 17

Sunday Toughie No 17 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 22nd of May 2022

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7a    Protective covering around slate unit (8)
CARAPACE:    We start with one of crossword lands usuals, around as an approximation CA for Circa, add the slating you may receive across the knuckles perhaps RAP, and a playing card that represents a unit ACE.… Continue reading

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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