Enigmatic Variations 1465
Change by Piccadilly
Extra letters from wordplay give the instruction: USE ANAGRAMS OF ANSWERS
[Editor’s note: Piccadilly does not use the internet (or even computers, with his grids drawn by hand and clues typewritten) and he is the EV’s only current compiler to correspond by post. I usually print off the Fifteensquared blog and comments to send to him for feedback on his puzzles. I will do the same with any comments left on this post]
I started by searching Chambers Anagrams for pairs of 10- to 12-letter words, one of each pair to be clued and one to go in the grid, then gradually built up the grid and wrote the clues.
My original intention was to include an instruction in the preamble that all answers were to be anagrammed. Then I decided to ramp things up a bit, so I chose letters corresponding to the number of across clues to give the instruction. Modifying the across clues was easier in some cases than others.
A full review of this puzzle can be seen over on fifteensquared.