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Sunday Toughie 124 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 124


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Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Many thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday, we had a lovely meal at a 12a curry house

Prashad named Yorkshire restaurant top pick in Hairy Biker's new show
recommended by the Hairy Bikers and the absence of meat was not missed by the carnivores although my sleep was somewhat disturbed by inner rumblings and this quite testing offering from proXimal
A generous 32 clues today and I have hinted at the half I found most tricky, As I have breakfasted on Mama Bee’s leftover curry I will be on hand with some Rennies™ and extra nudges if required

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 121 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 121


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Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I managed to find this puzzle a little bit earlier than normal, it appeared in the puzzle archive at about 11:30 last night. Although the early start was welcome, at the time of solving this was uncredited. I didn’t need to know that it was a proXimal™ as he has as good as signed this with an opening Spoonerism and a smattering of eXtraction anagrams. A glance at the paper and a revision to the website version confirms this.

We have 14a and 14d clues and I will hint half, as I have strayed into alternative clue territory myself (6d) I may have to be quite tight on extra hints. I hope you find the checkers needed to complete this puzzle

It is hard to pick a favourite but 5d, 6d and 28a appealed to me – which would you favour?

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 118 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 118


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Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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This would appear to be the last time I get to use the “old” site and I think I will struggle to do without some of the beneficial features. I didn’t need to reveal any letters last night, but I checked a few bung-ins with the submit now feature. I am sure, when both those features disappear, I will make some mistakes and we will have to work together to get the right answers.

We also lose the list of Toughie Setters and that means it is back to waiting for the actual puzzle before I can prepare a blog. I hope to be able update the app soon after midnight to see the puzzle, but it always appears later than I would like. I forsee a steep learning curve! In this case, I didn’t need to know that it was a proXimal as he has as good as signed this with an opening Spoonerism and a smattering of eXtraction anagrams

We have an even 14a and 14d clues today and I will hint half, I hope you find the checkers to help with those clues that don’t make the cut, but remain on hand with a bonus if I can

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 115 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 115


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Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I tried to do this last night on the “new” site but it failed to update for ages, I had to carry on on the old site and had a full grid before the new site moved to Sunday. They must change that before killing off the old site as I can’t wait until 01:15 to start solving. I will also miss the old site’s facility of allowing you to check if you are correct a few times and the bonus 5 letters have also been useful in the past, but I guess I will have to forgo the “lagnappe” that Robert and I used. I think this will probably reduce the number of correct submissions and therefore Stephen C is more likely to secure that mythical pen! I am sure you will bear with me and correct any mis-parsings that I make in future. That is something else we will miss from the old site – the lists of Toughie setters and Sunday Toughie setters. I hope that something similar appears on the new site soon.


We have many of the proXimal signature clues, A Spoonerism to start and extractions aplenty but the X’less or 4X features of proXimal’s puzzles seem to be reserved for elsewhere. 


Today we have evenly balanced 14a and 14d clues and I have hinted half. I hope you find the checkers to finish but remain available for an extra nudge if there are any tricky clues left on the cutting room floor

 

Here we go, Folks…

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Sunday Toughie 112 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 112


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Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I started to solve this on the “old puzzles site” and Telegraph Towers have yet to update the setters list for the Sunday Toughie or the regular Toughie. Still, I didn’t have to wait for the new site to tell me as there are a couple of trademark tells that this is a proXimal production. A couple of extraction anagrams and starting with a Spoonerism gave the game/name away

The Spoonerism and 28a can fight it out for the minor places on the podium but because of dear Robert C I will pick 20d as the pinnacle today

We have 14a and 16d clues today and I will hint half – as usual with the Sunday Toughie some quite tricky clues have hit the cutting room floor so I offer a bonus hint to the first to ask

It is nice to see the Paddy’s Day banner up there to commemorate the Irish Six Nations victory but no Irish references crept into this crossword (probably set ages ago) and despite watching a fine Van Morrison concert and a review of the life and music of Phil Lynott on the Beeb last night you didn’t expect me to ignore the brilliant new Mark Knopfler charity single did you? –

Whilst out visiting National Trust properties with Mama Bee yesterday I found this in a second-hand book room
I didn’t need it last night but I imagine it will come in useful next time Robyn brings us a theme – Thanks Beningborough Hall

Here we go, Folks…

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