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Sunday Toughie 44 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 44 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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It is Mama Bee’s 86th birthday today so I may be a bit tardy in responding to comments, as we are taking her out for afternoon tea at (where else) Betty’s.

I was expecting a Zandio today but instead, we have a proXimal, maybe he wanted to give 5d an airing before he disappears into the political wilderness again. A broad stripe from top left to the bottom right came quite quickly but the other corners exercised the grey matter a bit more. Christmas rears its head a couple of times as do our near neighbours across the channel, but the city of Paris refers to the location of the mythological soldier who gave his name to the French capital.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1567 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1567 (Hints)

Condition by Eclogue

Hints and tips by Phibs

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The name Eclogue might suggest some connection with Virgil, but I believe that it actually refers to a hybrid creature whereof the front part is operated by Eclipse (thus partial rather than total) and the rear section by Logogriph, this latter being “a kind of enigma, in which a certain word, and other words that can be formed out of all or any of its letters, are to be guessed from synonyms of them introduced into a set of verses.”

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ST 3188 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3188 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where the endless e-mails and advertisements promoting that dreadful concept, imported from our Southern neighbours, of Black Friday ‘deals’ is over for another year, but now we have to get past Cyber Monday; I wonder how much rest we will be allowed before similar activity begins for Boxing Day ‘sales’ – yes, we have it and them over here.… Continue reading

DT 30155 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30155 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A damp but sunny morning here in East Kent brings a Saturday Prize Puzzle, which, once I had stopped being disconcerted by the new font in the newspaper version, and noticed quite a few anagrams and hidden words, didn’t take me that long to solve. Continue reading “DT 30155 (Hints)”

Sunday Toughie 43 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 43 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I found this at the difficult end of the Toughie spectrum, equivalent to a Thursday or maybe Friday Toughie rather than the somewhat gentler Tuesday level that Zandio says Mr Ed. is aiming for. I needed my dictionary for a couple of obscurities, (if the unit of magnetic field strength was the first thing to mind you are a better cruciverbalist than I)

When the long down clues revealed themselves I picked up the pace a little but it was still a bit of a grind (rather like an 8d innings!) With 20d I have a definition and an answer but the wordplay eludes me, any ideas?
Anyway, this isn’t getting the baby bathed.

Here we go…

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EV 1566 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1566 (Hints)

Head Back Home by inkling

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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“Who is Inkling?” we ask. We will have to solve this puzzle to see whether there is the familiar style of a setter hiding under a new pseudonym or whether the setter is new to us.… Continue reading

ST 3187 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3187 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on the fourth anniversary, two days ago in reality, of Dada as our Sunday setter and even after occasional head scratching on a Saturday evening, I still have more hair on my head than my baby brother and my son put together.… Continue reading

DT 30149 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30149 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)

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A grey and damp morning brings a fairly typical Saturday Prize Puzzle, which was good for me because, apart from the solving of the crossword, nothing else is going particularly well so far today.  I have an idea who is going to turn up to admit to being the setter – I wonder who will agree with me?
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Sunday Toughie 42 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 42 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I found this a little easier than the last from proXimal, helped by remembering that the last time we had the other SJB in this slot we had an epic poem. Today we have the author of that poem. I have hinted at half of an evenly split 14a/14d clues, but as usual, I am open to discussion about the other clues that you may find tricky.

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1565 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1565 (Hints)

Solstice by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I learn from an interview with The Guardian that “Chalicea began as a simple merging of CHARLES (husband) and ALICE (mum). Doc, the editor of 1 Across magazine, accidentally added the A and it stuck.” My fellow blogger also on occasion goes under the names Curmudgeon and Gnomie (suggesting a tight fist and a pointy head?), and has a reputation for producing entertaining and scrupulously fair puzzles which tend to inhabit the lower end of the difficulty spectrum.

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