August 28, 2022 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 31 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 31 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I understand that my silence on recent matters has caused some speculation, but nothing more should be read into it than the fact that I have a full-time job and an elderly mother with Alzheimer’s and cataracts to look after most of the time.

At the time of writing the puzzles website hasn’t updated the list of Sunday Toughie Setters but, I am expecting a Robyn today.  I hope the dead tree arrives early enough on a Bank Holiday Sunday when my paperboy is spending all his earnings on a ticket to the Leeds Festival, that I can faintly hear 4 miles away. Update – the dead tree has arrived and I can confirm we have a Robyn.

Here we go with the hints for an uneven 16a 13d clues just over half are hinted.


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EV 1554 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1554 (Hints)

Absolutely Nothing by Kruger

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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There is no need to introduce Kruger who has been setting EV crosswords for over 25 years. We always find his crosswords challenging and this one was no exception.

Preamble:  Wordplay in each of fifteen clues yields an extra letter that is not entered in the grid.Continue reading

ST 3175 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3175 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where Summer is ‘hanging on’ for as long as possible.

For me, Dada less friendly than he has been recently with five anagrams (two partials), two lurkers (one reversed), and two homophones (one partial) – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading