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EV 1551

EV 1551

Opinion by Chalicea

Setter’s Blog

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EV 1551 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1551 (Hints)

Opinion by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I’m delighted to have been given the chance to blog some more EVs, starting with this offering from my fellow hintster and tipster. A prolific setter, Chalicea has a reputation for producing highly accessible puzzles; her definitions, whether of answers or wordplay elements, are usually very precise, often closely matching those found in Chambers.

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EV 1535 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1535 (Hints)

Painful Poems by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords appear in the Magpie, IQ, Crossword Club, 1 Across, and Listener series as well as on the back page of the Telegraph, in the 3D Calendar, and Telegraph Toughies. Solvers often welcome her relatively gentle clues which stick fairly closely to Chambers definitions.… Continue reading

EV 1525 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1525 (Hints)

Needles by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Newer solvers enjoy Chalicea’s crosswords because they are among the less difficult advanced thematic cryptics and usually have a fairly graphic endgame or lots of thematic material, often appearing in grid diagonals. What, wonders the solver, is she up to here?… Continue reading

EV 1516 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1516 (Hints)

Fear by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords appear in a range of outlets: this will be her 45th EV and solvers will remember her Asian One in the ladies’ month. After last week’s challenge they can be sure of a gentler solve this week.… Continue reading

EV 1497 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1497 (Hints)

The Asian One by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea is one of the most prolific of crossword compilers appearing regularly in the Magpie, the Listener, the Inquisitor series, and the EV as well as in Crossword magazine and the 3D Calendar series where she sets as Curmudgeon. She also sets ordinary cryptics for the Telegraph Toughie series and back-page crosswords and has been setting the weekly cryptic crosswords for the Farmers Guardian for years. Her puzzles are popular because they usually contain lots of thematic material and are not too difficult. Continue reading “EV 1497 (Hints)”