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EV 1514 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1514 (Hints)

Quest by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be Gaston’s 22nd crossword in the Enigmatic Variations series. Solvers will remember his puzzle this spring, where we drew a map of the jumps in the Grand National, then his final puzzle after the EV Ladies’ Month where he included geographic features in ‘The South American One’.… Continue reading

EV 1499 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1499 (Hints)

The South American One by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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For EV solvers, Gaston needs no introduction. His recent puzzle gave us a map of the Grand National course. We  always enjoy his generous and very fair clues.

Preamble:  Each of 18 across clues and 18 down clues leads to a single superfluous letter in its wordplay.Continue reading

EV 1482 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1482

MAP by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Gaston is a familiar name to EV solvers and needs no introduction.

Preamble: Eight suitably positioned and thematically connected elements are hidden in the completed grid . Five of these are of a kind and should be coloured appropriately (35 cells).Continue reading

EV 1469 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1469

It’s a Funny Old Game by Gaston

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EV 1456, Cover Story, that had us recreating the Abbey Road zebra crossing with the four Beatles was by Gaston so he needs no introduction.

Preamble: The unclued left hand column is in charge of the game.Continue reading

EV 1458 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1458 (Hints)

Cover Story by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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If you are a relative newcomer to the Enigmatic Variations Series, Gaston will probably be a new setter name for you as he doesn’t set for any of the other thematic cryptic outlets but this is his eighteenth crossword for the EV. In view of the devices he uses, Gaston’s crosswords are among the more difficult EV ones but well worth the effort because of the fine p.d.m. moments. Continue reading “EV 1458 (Hints)”