May 28, 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 70 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 70 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I started well last night but got a bit bogged down in the end, the very clever 11d lightened my mood. I have hinted half of an uneven 16a 14d clues but as usual some still tricky clues have hit the cutting room floor.
With 20d I may be missing something that no amount of Laphroaig (here finished in strong white 19d casks) last night or coffee this morning can entirely explain, I have the little Spanish girl and the Spanish word for is, but I cannot see the indicator that allows me to reverse her?

Thanks to Robyn for a fairly floughie toughie, with all the clues linked to 11d is that a theme?

And finally a get well soon to Robert, The blog and I have missed your erudite comments

Here we go…

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EV 1592 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1592 (Hints)

Warning by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be Gaston’s 26th EV crossword. He has been setting two or three a year for almost ten years, so you will probably have solved his crosswords before and know what a range of themes he handles – and that you are in good hands.… Continue reading

ST 3214 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3214 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are warming up with temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s but with strong winds with gusts between 40 and 50 km/hr.

For me, etc, Dada not so ‘friendly’ again this week – although he gives a generous seven anagrams (one partial), three lurkers, and no homophones, and some knowledge of German or 1980s British TV comedy-dramas required, all in a slightly asymmetric 30 clues; with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading