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EV 1452 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1452 (Hints)

Bridges by X-Type

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This is the second of the series of gentle puzzles with hints and tips to help newer solvers.

Previous crosswords in the series by X-Type have been noted for his classic style of cluing. With a different pseudonym, he is a Listener and EV setter of long standing (over thirty years!) who can be relied on to produce relatively gentle puzzles. Continue reading “EV 1452 (Hints)”

EV 1451 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1451 (Hints)

The Beagle Has Landed by Chalicea

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This is the first of a series of gentle puzzles with hints and tips to help newer solvers.

Preamble: To show that THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED, solvers must 11, 20, 16 No. 1451 at 1 & 34 (seven words);
Chalicea’s puzzles are usually at the more generous end of the difficulty scale and this proves to be no exception. As there are unclued words in the grid, the clued ones will have to be relatively easy. We are told that there are seven words at 1a and 34a. Chalicea has been rather sneaky as the fifth of these words has been split between those two lines.

It is often worth giving a thought to the title. Clearly this one is a play on Neil Armstrong’s 1969 triumphant statement, “The Eagle Has Landed”, but why the Beagle? Surely Chalicea is not using the tragic story of little Laika, the pup the Russians launched into space, who crashed into the earth in Sputnik 2 in 1957. Another famous beagle? In what way might he have ‘landed’? Continue reading “EV 1451 (Hints)”