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Sunday Toughie 54 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 54 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A bit of confusion as to exactly when I started blogging the Sunday Toughies but I am pretty sure that  I am approaching the first anniversary of my attempts at blogging. I reviewed the Sunday Toughie from #2 but blogged the hints from #4, I have enjoyed the tussle and I think I solved this quite quickly. Senf is welcome to his Glenlivet and deserves his six years service medal, I hope I last as long. I was fuelled by “Jeyes Fluid” (Bunnahabhain Toiteach a Dha before midnight and Laphroaig Cairdeas – Port and Wine to finish) last night and my nightcap was not delayed as long as it was when Zandio set the New Years Day toughie. 

14 each way and I have hinted half, I could have picked many but will plump for Peter’s romantic meeting in 5d.

Here we go…

 

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Sunday Toughie 51 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 51 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A tricky little devil tonight, I was hoping that a good lie-in would help me parse the final few. I think I have mostly got it but parts of 15a elude me. I have enough to at least hint you in the right direction. There are a couple of lurkers and at least three double definitions unhinted so keep your eye out for them. I have hinted half of an even 14a 14d clues but if you have any queries just ask, someone will help.

Here we go…

 

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Sunday Toughie 48 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 48 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Here we go with the first Christmas Sunday Toughie, This is online only today, which probably cuts the audience a bit. As Gazza said in his last blog, now would be a good time to emerge from the shadows and comment. there will always be someone to answer your queries even if postprandial naps and visits from Santa Claus may delay response at times.
I found this a quite gentle toughie but some of that may be because Chris Lancaster at Telegraph Towers was good enough to provide an advance copy of this and other Christmas puzzles. I was able to solve this at my leisure. I thank him and wish him a speedy recovery from a lurgy that is going around at the DT. Thanks also to Crypticsue for liaising the early delivery of puzzles to me and other bloggers.
We have an evenly balanced 14a and 14d clues and I have hinted at half. I can’t decide if any of the unhinted clues merits a hint so will offer a bonus hint to the first lurker to ask. (my own postprandial naps permitting.)
Many thanks to Zandio, proXimal and Robyn for improving my crossword skills with the excellent Sunday Toughie series. I wish them and all the other setters, bloggers, commenters and lurkers here a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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Sunday Toughie 45 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 45 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I found this quite tricky last night, but sitting here and parsing it I don’t know why (I do now – I cannot spot an &lit for toffee). Zandio brings us a nice even 14a and 14d clues and I have hinted half (with a few bonus picture hints along the way)

Here we go…

 

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Sunday Toughie 40 (full review)

Sunday Toughie 40 by Robyn (full review)
Review by Gazza

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This puzzle was published on 30th October 2022

 

Across

1a After drug overdose, caretaker means to perform convincingly (6,6)
METHOD ACTING: the short name of a stimulating drug, the abbreviation for overdose and an adjectival synonym for caretaker.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 41 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 41 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Thanks to Gazza for stepping in to do the hints last week, I was busy boozing myself silly with Elgar, Dutch, Smylers, Fez and many other Big Dave and Fifteensquared alums and a great time was had by all.

It didn’t take too long to crack this last night but I am sure a skinful would have hampered me. I have hinted at half of an evenly balanced 28 clues and hope you have enough checkers to get the rest.

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