August 21, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 30 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 30 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I am definitely finding proXimal the trickiest of the Sunday Toughie triumvirate, and today was a devil to parse in places, but if you closely follow the wordplay it can be done. We get a generous 30 clues today split 14a and 16d.
I have hinted a bit more than half, but as ever will be tolerant of some help from the commentariat.

I had to sleep on a couple of these as the parsings arrived long after the grid was filled and last night’s tincture of choice was wearing off.

This morning’s coffee is an Ethiopian Rocko Mountain, with tasting notes of peach, strawberry and dark chocolate. At least two cups of which were required to stimulate the brain cells this morning.

Here goes with the hints…


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EV 1553 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1553 (Hints)

Exclamations by Maranga

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I wasn’t familiar with this setter, but a check of Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database ( revealed three previous EVs by Maranga, the most recent in 2019. Incidentally, this database is an invaluable resource for setters because it enables you not only to find out whether a particular theme has been used before in any of the major themed puzzles (including EV, IQ, Listener and the Magpie magazine) but also how it was treated by the setter.

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ST 3174 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3174 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we continue to experience Summer Storms with a funnel cloud here and there but nothing more serious than that (fingers crossed).

For me, Dada being quite friendly with seven anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a very slightly asymmetric 27 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading