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Sunday Toughie 21

Sunday Toughie No 21 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 19th of June 2022

 

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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 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 14

Sunday Toughie No 14 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 1st of May 2022

1a    Dodged heartless enemies, like Batman? (7)
ESCAPED: The outer letters of enemies ES, + how Batman chooses to attire himself CAPED
Heartless tells us to remove the heart of E nemie S, in this case, like Batman?… 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.

I have hinted at 16 out of 30 clues and a bonus pic for 3d so hopefully, that will give you enough to find the rest.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 11

Sunday Toughie No 11 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 10th April 2022

Robyn with his fourth turn in the Sunday Toughie slot. It is becoming the norm that I find some of these clues easier to solve than to explain, but here goes with the latest from the Beehive ( a combination of my musings and the hive mind from the blog.)… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 11 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 11 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Robyn is here today for his fourth turn in the Sunday Toughie slot, Does that mean we should expect Zandio next Sunday? Time will tell. Not as tricky as last week but still I could have hinted at many more clues. I hope you find enough checkers to help you over the line and I am still turning a blind eye to a few bonus hints from the commentariat.

 

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Sunday Toughie 7

Sunday Toughie No 7 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 13th March 2022

I think I parsed this but If you have another interpretation please let me know, as I am still learning here.
The Castle 15a and the Carvings 27a were on my podium, but hard not to put 8d on top of the (wood)pile.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 7 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 7 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Hello from Yorkshire,

Fluffy clouds and the odd patch of blue today. I think I have got most of this today. I had to think about 8d for a while. The answer was easier to see than the why’s and wherefore’s.

27a and 18d were my favourites today but I will stick to 18d as it reminded me to go read/watch an old favourite again.

I have hinted at least half of the clues but as a bit of a bonus today 21d is a UK brand of a proprietary pain relief drug useful in treating 14d’s lumbago.

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