July 31, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 27 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 27 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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The crossword wasn’t too difficult by Sunday Toughie standards, As I was awaiting the midnight publication of today’s toughie I fell asleep with a wee 8d at hand. I awoke with a start and made a meal of dealing with network and printer problems into the small hours. Thankfully when I was able to access the puzzle it wasn’t too difficult, either that or my crossword skills have come on leaps and bounds over the last 27 weeks.

I may have detected a slight theme as I have quite a few answers with a Sci-Fi / Space theme but I may have been led astray by the Twitter meme that today is the actual birthdate of George Jetson.

THE JETSONS, Jane, Judy, Astro, Elroy & George Jetson, 1962-87


Anyway here we go with an evenly split 14a/14d clues, exactly half of which I have hinted.
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EV 1550 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1550 (Hints)

Elementary Solutions by A FEW

Hints and tips by Phibs

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The culmination of a month of puzzles that put the ‘eco’ into recondite decoding features a preamble and four preamblets, and is surely the work of a consortium.
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ST 3171 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3171 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are enjoying a three day holiday weekend, quite what the reason is I am not absolutely certain but I’ll take it anyway.

For me, Dada providing a bit of a head scratcher especially with two in the NE and one in the SW, with five anagrams (one partial), one lurker (reversed), and two homophones – all in a symmetric 26 clues; with 13 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading