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Sunday Toughie 20

Sunday Toughie No 20 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 12th of June 2022

This was a tricky little devil that took me a lot longer to solve than the previous proXimal I blogged for the holidaying Deep Threat (Two days earlier #30,010). It is impressive how the other SJB (Steven J Bartlett) can pitch his puzzles with just the right level of difficulty between his back page and toughie puzzles. I believe I get one more go in DT’s blogging chair on the 1st of July, I wonder who I will get then.

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Sunday Toughie 20 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 20 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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After Friday’s relatively easy X less pangram, I was expecting a sterner test today, and boy did I get it. This took at least 3 times longer than Friday’s proXimal most of it spent staring at answers and reverse parsing them. I admit that the first word of 9a remains unparsed. I can explain the head part, but is he a twin or just a bad chef. Over to your good selves to help out. Anyway, this blog isn’t going to write itself so here goes…

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Sunday Toughie 17

Sunday Toughie No 17 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 22nd of May 2022

Across

7a    Protective covering around slate unit (8)
CARAPACE:    We start with one of crossword lands usuals, around as an approximation CA for Circa, add the slating you may receive across the knuckles perhaps RAP, and a playing card that represents a unit ACE.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 17 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 17 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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This was a real tricky one for me. I was able to have a blog at another of the Sunday Toughie setters (Zandio) in a Friday back page guise and although it was quite tricky I managed it in half the time that this proXimal Toughie took.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 15 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 15 by proXimal (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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I was expecting another Zandio today, but we have a proXimal instead. This one pushed me to the very edge of my solving ability, but a couple of nudges from the 5 freebies got me over the line.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 13

Sunday Toughie No 13 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 24th April 2022

I loved the boaty insect, struggled with the clipped bird and put 21a on the top of a podium with 13d and 27a.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 13 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 13 by proXimal (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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proXimal again today for Sunday Toughie #13. Let’s hope that there is nothing to put fear into any Triskaidekaphobes out there. I half-jokingly asked proXimal whether

“Anything that Triskaidekaphobics have to fear in #13?” – He replied;

“Yes, the four 13-letter entries. Also, a double helping of proXimal tomorrow, as I set the EV puzzle as well.”

I have to say that I didn’t have too much problem with the 13-letter entries but the pesky bird in 25a still eludes me.

Got him! see the spoiler at the end…

Anyway here goes with today’s hints…

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Sunday Toughie 10

Sunday Toughie No 10 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 3rd April 2022

They seem to be getting tougher each week but I will keep at it staying as calm and serene as a swan while paddling furiously underneath.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 10 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 10 by proXimal (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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proXimal is back in the chair today, for his fourth of the new Sunday Toughies.
I have hinted quite a few and even included few bonus pics. I found this quite a challenge but got there in the end. My parsing of a couple is lacking and I am prepared to be led by better brains on 9a and 26a. I have just got a new mobile phone and will be monitoring the blog whilst out with Mama Bee.

I solved this on the puzzles site last night, and now I am having a go at the Dada on my new mobile app. I notice that the toughie has not yet appeared on the app and plead with Mr Lancaster to get it on there ASAP.

 

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