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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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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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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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Sunday Toughie 40 (full review)

Sunday Toughie 40 by Robyn (full review)
Review by Gazza

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This puzzle was published on 30th October 2022

 

Across

1a After drug overdose, caretaker means to perform convincingly (6,6)
METHOD ACTING: the short name of a stimulating drug, the abbreviation for overdose and an adjectival synonym for caretaker.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 41 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 41 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Thanks to Gazza for stepping in to do the hints last week, I was busy boozing myself silly with Elgar, Dutch, Smylers, Fez and many other Big Dave and Fifteensquared alums and a great time was had by all.

It didn’t take too long to crack this last night but I am sure a skinful would have hampered me. I have hinted at half of an evenly balanced 28 clues and hope you have enough checkers to get the rest.

Here we go…

 

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Sunday Toughie 40 (hints)

Sunday Toughie 40 by Robyn (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Gazza

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SJB feared that he might be rather under the weather today after the jollifications in York so I’m standing in for him with the Toughie hints. That’s no chore at all for me because Robyn is amongst my favourite setters and he’s given us a typically witty puzzle.Continue reading