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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)”

EV 1487 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1487 (Hints)

Difference by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Solvers are accustomed to crosswords by Chalicea and know that they can expect something graphic in the final grid – probably something to be highlighted, with relatively gentle clues.

Preamble: Fifteen words from the thematic poem, which explains what led to the DIFFERENCE, appear in the clues (in the order of their appearance in the poem) and need to be removed before solving.Continue reading

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)”