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ST 3194 (Full Review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3194

A full review by crypticsue

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This puzzle was published on 8th January 2023

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

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Sunday Toughie 51 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 51 by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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A tricky little devil tonight, I was hoping that a good lie-in would help me parse the final few. I think I have mostly got it but parts of 15a elude me. I have enough to at least hint you in the right direction. There are a couple of lurkers and at least three double definitions unhinted so keep your eye out for them. I have hinted half of an even 14a 14d clues but if you have any queries just ask, someone will help.

Here we go…


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EV 1573 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1573 (Hints)

Capital by Vismut

Hints and tips by Phibs

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This is my second Vismut EV, following October’s ‘Save’, which was awash with avian anagrams. Last time I speculated on the setter’s pseudonym being linked in some way to the element bismuth, which is called ‘vismut’ in certain languages. I now find that it is also the name of a device used by the KGB in the Lubyanka Building and Intourist Hotel in Moscow to receive the output from hidden microphones and tapped telephone lines. This was during the Cold War, but perhaps I’m getting warmer…?

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ST 3195 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3195 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we have continued to enjoy warmer (a relative term) than seasonal temperatures, so much so that today is forecast to be a tee-shirt and shorts minus one.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 50 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 50 by proXimal

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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Welcome to Sunday Toughie 50. A bit of a brain mangling last night and the ensuing lie-in have put me a bit behind so I better get on with hinting half of an uneven 14a/16d clues. No booze today and even the “leaf soup” at 18a is not strong enough to refresh my brain this morning. A couple of Americanisms and a couple of “Canadianisms” too. Some trademark proXimal clues too, extraction anagrams and removal of covering letters

Here we go, Folks…

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EV 1572 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1572 (Hints)

Find the Title by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Dave Hennings’ crossword database tells us that Gaston sets uniquely for the Enigmatic Variations series. This crossword  which opens the New Year will be his 25th in the series.

Preamble: In the context of the puzzle’s theme, the top and bottom lines (three and four words respectively) appear logical, but the central column (two words) disproves this; four affected characters appear as further unclued entries.Continue reading

ST 3194 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3194(Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg – where, with ‘warmer’ temperatures on several days this week, we had foggy starts which resulted in picturesque rime ice formation on the ‘bare’ trees.

For me, and I stress for me, Dada back to where he was for most of December with five anagrams (two partials), one lurker, and no homophones, all in a symmetric 26 clues; with 13 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading