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Sunday Toughie 14

Sunday Toughie No 14 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on the 1st of May 2022

1a    Dodged heartless enemies, like Batman? (7)
ESCAPED: The outer letters of enemies ES, + how Batman chooses to attire himself CAPED
Heartless tells us to remove the heart of E nemie S, in this case, like Batman?… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 14 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 14 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A reasonably easy Sunday toughie from Robyn today, I have even half-finished the review for a week on Wednesday.

I have hinted at 16 out of 30 clues and a bonus pic for 3d so hopefully, that will give you enough to find the rest.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 11

Sunday Toughie No 11 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 10th April 2022

Robyn with his fourth turn in the Sunday Toughie slot. It is becoming the norm that I find some of these clues easier to solve than to explain, but here goes with the latest from the Beehive ( a combination of my musings and the hive mind from the blog.)… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 11 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 11 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Robyn is here today for his fourth turn in the Sunday Toughie slot, Does that mean we should expect Zandio next Sunday? Time will tell. Not as tricky as last week but still I could have hinted at many more clues. I hope you find enough checkers to help you over the line and I am still turning a blind eye to a few bonus hints from the commentariat.

 

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Sunday Toughie 7

Sunday Toughie No 7 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 13th March 2022

I think I parsed this but If you have another interpretation please let me know, as I am still learning here.
The Castle 15a and the Carvings 27a were on my podium, but hard not to put 8d on top of the (wood)pile.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 7 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 7 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Hello from Yorkshire,

Fluffy clouds and the odd patch of blue today. I think I have got most of this today. I had to think about 8d for a while. The answer was easier to see than the why’s and wherefore’s.

27a and 18d were my favourites today but I will stick to 18d as it reminded me to go read/watch an old favourite again.

I have hinted at least half of the clues but as a bit of a bonus today 21d is a UK brand of a proprietary pain relief drug useful in treating 14d’s lumbago.

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Sunday Toughie 4

Sunday Toughie No 4 by Robyn

A full review by John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 20th Feb 2022

Across

1   Manufactured sham fur and case of Chanel No. 9 (5,4)
SCRUM HALF;  An anagram of (manufactured) SHAM FUR and the outer letters (case of) ChaneL to give the rugby player who wears the number 9.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 4 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 4 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by John Bee

Hello from deepest Yorkshire,

This is my first go at providing the hints and I have had a lot of help from many others, Senf, Gazza, Miffs and BD to name just a few. If I have made any errors they are mine alone. Halcyon’s sterling work providing hints for Fridays toughie while Dutch was otherwise engaged is a great example of what this fine blog can do. I hope this works as well as that did.
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Sunday Toughie 2

Sunday Toughie No 2 by Robyn

A full review by John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 6th Feb 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty Enjoyment

John Bee’s review was sent to a now-defunct email address – here it is, replacing my earlier effort.  BD

This is the second of a new series of Sunday Toughies. Unlike other Toughie crosswords this is a Prize puzzle. I found this a little trickier than proXimal’s No.1 but I am a poor judge of difficulty but still enjoyed the tussle. I will leave the rating for others to assess. Continue reading “Sunday Toughie 2”

Sunday Toughie 2 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 2 by Robyn (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Tilsit

Howdoo from Warrington!

Thanks to Gazza for standing in at extremely short notice, yesterday. I am due to have a ‘procedure’ on Tuesday and was going through tests beforehand, which produced some unforeseen complications. Back home now, and feeling ok, but having to self-isolate until the big day. Thanks for the kind thoughts and messages yesterday. Continue reading “Sunday Toughie 2 (Hints)”