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ST 3229 (full review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3229

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 10th Sep 2023

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. Once again an enjoyable solve from Dada this Sunday and now I present to you a full review of his puzzle.Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 86 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 86

by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Zandio gave me a 10a on Sunday Toughie solving last night, I had to go to the land of nod before all the parsings came to me but a good seven hours kip has thrown light on the trickier parts – pipe up if you disagree with my hints and ask away if you want an extra nudge on the unhinted clues

Zandio has given us 16a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half

Here we go…

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EV 1608 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1608 (Hints)

More than Meets the Eye by Kcit

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Kcit needs no introduction for EV solvers. Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that he has been setting them since 1993. We know he will give us a challenge with demanding clues, often with some musical connection.… Continue reading

ST 3230 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3230 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on Wednesday, my duvet came out of the closet!

For me, and I stress for me, Dada quirky today, four long ‘uns and plenty of anagrams which may or may not help – seven (four partials) plus one lurker, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 28 clues; with 14 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid, you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 85 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 85 by Robyn

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Robyn gave me a bit of a hard time on the parsing front last night, but I think coffee and contemplation this morning have cleared the mist, much the same as the weather here, which was cleared by some spectacular lightning last night.
I learned about the firstborn son of Isaac who was red-headed and noticeably hirsute at birth, born with his twin Jacob clutching his heel

I don’t think I have noticed a 15a and 15d grid in the toughies before but I have hinted at half, and I offer to help with those clues that didn’t make the cut

Here we go…

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EV 1607 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1607 (Hints)

Eightsomes by Gaston

Hints and tips by Phibs

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This is my first encounter with Gaston, whom I initially thought might be so named because of a resemblance to the character in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, one of the ’13 Reflections of Evil’. Slightly disturbed by that idea, I preferred to believe that the pseudonym might reflect a happy association with La Belle France, or a particular affection for Gigi (ah yes, I remember it well).

However, I learn from the Editor that Gaston has already revealed himself in the Setter’s Blog for EV 1458 – it turns out that he is not a setter, rather a cocker spaniel who (assisted by his ‘partner in crime’, Rémy) is apparently not averse to introducing a French theme to his puzzles. Let’s hope that il fait plus de bruit que de mal

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