November 5, 2023 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sunday Toughie 93

Sunday Toughie 93 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Gazza

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SJB is having a week off so I’m providing the hints today. I found this somewhat trickier than our usual Sunday Toughies so I’ve provided hints for thirteen clues which is more than my usual interpretation of BD’s instruction to hint ‘a few’.Continue reading

EV 1615 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1615 (Hints)

First Born by Luxor

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I gather that Luxor is a new addition to the ranks of EV setters, so on behalf of all setters and solvers I welcome her to the fold. I asked Bard about the mysterious creature which we have been asked to find, and after a brief pause for thought he came up with the following:

“The creature that could be described as both like and unlike any other that had previously existed is the Ediacara biota. These organisms lived between 635 and 541 million years ago, during the Ediacaran Period. They were the first complex life forms on Earth, and they had a wide range of bizarre and unique shapes. Some Ediacara biota were flat and disc-shaped, like Dickinsonia. Others were frond-like, like Fractofusus. And still others were tube-shaped, like Charnia. Many of them were also much larger than any other animals that had lived before, with some specimens growing to be several metres long.”

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ST 3237 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3237 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where as I ‘put this blog to bed’ at 9:30pm on Saturday evening (my time) we are expecting the arrival of an Alberta Clipper sometime today (Sunday) which is forecast to be ‘with us’ for twenty-four hours (plus or minus).… Continue reading