January 8, 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 50 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 50 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Welcome to Sunday Toughie 50. A bit of a brain mangling last night and the ensuing lie-in have put me a bit behind so I better get on with hinting half of an uneven 14a/16d clues. No booze today and even the “leaf soup” at 18a is not strong enough to refresh my brain this morning. A couple of Americanisms and a couple of “Canadianisms” too. Some trademark proXimal clues too, extraction anagrams and removal of covering letters

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1572 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1572 (Hints)

Find the Title by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that Gaston sets uniquely for the Enigmatic Variations series. This crossword  which opens the New Year will be his 25th in the series.

Preamble: In the context of the puzzle’s theme, the top and bottom lines (three and four words respectively) appear logical, but the central column (two words) disproves this; four affected characters appear as further unclued entries.Continue reading

ST 3194 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3194(Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where, with ‘warmer’ temperatures on several days this week, we had foggy starts which resulted in picturesque rime ice formation on the ‘bare’ trees.

For me, and I stress for me, Dada back to where he was for most of December with five anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no 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