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EV 1522 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1522 (Hints)

Consequences by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Eclogue has been setting regularly for the EV series for the last eight years. Solvers will remember The Australasian One that appeared after the ladies’ month last summer.

Preamble: The answers to eight normal clues each provide the potential CONSEQUENCES for their respective entries.Continue reading

EV 1521 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1521 (Hints)

Tops and Tails by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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The last two EVs by Piccadilly were the one with a Playfair square and his ‘Two Straight Lines’ which were horizontal and vertical. Clearly his themes range considerably and we can expect something unusual.… Continue reading

EV 1520 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1520 (Hints)

Consequences by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Stick insect is well into double figures for the EVs he has produced and solvers will be familiar with his Listener and Magpie puzzles too, and confident that there will be an entertaining endgame.… Continue reading

EV 1519 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1519 (Hints)

Satisfaction 2 by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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For the last EV of the year we meet proXimal, the EV editor, again. We can be sure of a challenge but fair and carefully constructed clues too. He seems to be promising us ‘satisfaction’ and this is certainly a meaty crossword.… Continue reading

EV 1518 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1518 (Hints)

Burned Out by Nudd

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Nudd has been setting cryptic crosswords for most of the thematic cryptic outlets for many years. As part of the Rood setter combination, he was winner of the Listener’s Ascot Gold Cup some years ago.… Continue reading