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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 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 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 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 12

Sunday Toughie No 12 by Zandio

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 17th April 2022

A welcome easing of difficulty this week, but problems with the blog and my WordPress ineptitude made a mess of my hints post.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 12 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 12 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio here for the 4th time so as predicted we seem to be settling in to a proXimal, Robyn, Zandio rotation. How long it holds is at the whim of Mr Ed Chris Lancaster.

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Sunday Toughie 9

Sunday Toughie No 9 by Zandio

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 27th March 2022

A tricky little devil at first but with a bit of “Biased” help from the blog we got there in the end.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 9 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 9 by Zandio (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio is back for the first “on the trot” setting of the new toughie. ProXimal, Robyn and Zandio are now on 3 each. I wonder if they are going to settle on a 3-week rotation. Time will tell. As I write this (Saturday evening) I am aware that we get an hour less in bed tonight and tomorrow Mama Bee will be controlling Mothering Sundays activities. As a result, this blog may be a little shorter than usual and I hope I have given enough hints to help you over the line. Thanks to all who chipped in last week with some of my parsing failures, your services may be required again today.

An interesting coincidence today, between 9a here and 13a in 3153 very similar ways to get to the answer. Which is the better clue?

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