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EV 1476 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1476 (Hints)

After Steelman by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords are generally welcomed because they are not too difficult and often because they have abundant thematic material in them. This one is a typical example. Continue reading “EV 1476 (Hints)”

EV 1464 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1464 (Hints)

Brilliant by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea is probably a familiar name. Over the years her crosswords have appeared in most of the thematic cryptic outlets, The Listener, IQ, EV, Magpie, the Crossword Centre, the 3D Calendar series and Crossword Magazine (where she is sometimes Curmudgeon) and 1 Across.… Continue reading

EV 1451 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1451 (Hints)

The Beagle Has Landed by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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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. Continue reading “EV 1451 (Hints)”