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Sunday Toughie 108 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 108


by proXimal

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A proper Toughie from proXimal today that took me a fair bit longer than normal last night, some quite tricky anagrams, extractions and wordplay have hit t’ cutting room floor
I have hinted at half of an even 14a and 14d clues but if you want a nudge on any just ask and I will try to help if I can. CrypticSue’s red pencil seems to be a bit sharper than mine – beware t’ naughty step!

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 107 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 107

by Robyn

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

 

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Robyn starts with a Spoonerism today, but once over that hurdle, the rest went smoothly
The 2 & 16d combo was my favourite by the proverbial mile but plenty of others satisfied 10a 12a and 9d fight it out for my minor places

What was your favourite?

We have 14a and 16d clues today and I have hinted half – if any ones you find tricky haven’t made the cut I have some leeway to offer a nudge or two

Here we go…

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Sunday Toughie 106 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 106

by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio brings us a fine Sunday Toughie (his 33rd) which I found at least as much fun as his Friday backpager
I think I have parsed them but 18d was most of the trouble and I hope I have got the gist I am sure you will put me right

We have 14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half
Here we go…

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Sunday Toughie 105 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 105


by proXimal

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I tripped through three-quarters of this quite quickly but came to a grinding halt in the SW. I don’t think I can parse two letters in 2d and await your retorts.

Thanks to proXimal for providing a nod to 20d ‘s  It made my night when I realised he was talking about me (and  others)

14a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 104 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 104

by Robyn

 

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

 

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Robyn is back today, it is not the first time one of our triumvirate of Sunday Toughie Setters has had sequential puzzles. Zandio brought us Sunday Toughie 8 and 9 and 28 and 29, and Robyn did it again with 66 and 67. I wonder if he is going to have a multiple-linked clue this week. We’ve had figure-hugging numbers, Guard-dogs and last week’s theme which is still sub judice until the review is out Wednesday
Robyn is in the lead on 37 Sunday Toughies, with proXimal on 35 and Zandio on 32

I wrote that while hacking and coughing before a sleep-deprived night and I can’t detect a theme. I found it quite tricky to do and I kept at it as I was more comfortable while busy. We have a sure-fire candidate for THE LIST™ (Terence)  in 20d and some tricky parsing. Yesterday we had a few comments where the very act of typing a plea for help aided the brain cells and as soon as the request was sent the answer came to mind. I had the same thing with 15a whose parsing came in a flash just as I sent a plea for help to the Answerbank. You are all clever enough to get there too but if I have left any gaps on the cutting room floor please ask

Here we go…

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