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EV 1460 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1460 (Hints)

A Human Connection by Ranunculus

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Regular EV solvers will have met Ranunculus already. This is his ninth EV crossword and he has set as many for the Inquisitor series but with a different pseudonym, and others for the Listener and Magpie with other pseudonyms yet again.… Continue reading

EV 1459 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1459 (Hints)

Winning by Ifor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Ifor will be a very familiar name to thematic cryptic crossword solvers. 95 crosswords by Ifor appear on Dave Hennings’ Crossword Data Base and they have been set for the Listener, The Magpie, the Inquisitor series and the Enigmatic Variations series so you can be confident that you are being challenged by the work of a polished setter.… 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)”

EV 1457 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1457 (Hints)

A Clear Law by Vismut

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Like Skylark, Vismut joined the relatively small band of lady setters just a couple of years ago and has challenged solvers of the Listener, Magpie, Inquisitor and Enigmatic Variations series with crosswords that nearly always oblige us to extend our knowledge of a fascinating range of subjects. This one is no exception. Continue reading “EV 1457 (Hints)”

EV 1456 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1456 (Hints)

Villains by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Stick insect will be a familiar setter for Toughie solvers. He has been setting EV crosswords for some years and also appears annually in the Listener series and has recently set for the Magpie too. With such an experienced setter you can be confident that his clues will be well set and fair. We found this crossword to be of about the same difficulty as the ‘average’ Listener (a Magpie C rating, say) and it will challenge newer EV solvers but it will be well worth sticking with it as you will probably love the endgame (one Numpty did – the other ‘hadn’t a clue’). Continue reading “EV 1456 (Hints)”