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EV 1622 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1622 (Hints)

The Hater who had a Hater by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Solvers will undoubtedly remember proXimal’s EV 1600 when, as our editor, he celebrated the 1600th Enigmatic Variations puzzle with a stunning crossword. They will remember that he also sets as eXternal in the IQ and Listener series (and combines with another setter as eXtent).… Continue reading

EV 1600 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1600

Count by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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With proXimal, we know that we have a familiar setter who also sets as eXternal in the IQ and Listener series (and combines with another setter as eXtent). You might know him as Artexlen in the FT and Boz in The Herald. Big Dave’s regulars will know him from Thursday/Friday Toughies and back-pagers, where he’s also normally put in Fridays (used to be Thursdays). With such a range of setting experience, you can be sure you are in safe hands. Continue reading “EV 1600 (Hints)”

EV 1561 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1561 (Hints)

Thirtieth Anniversary by proXimal

Hints and tips by Phibs

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The Enigmatic Variations series was started by James Leonard (RUSTIC) in 1992. The first puzzle was published on 18th October of that year – entitled GREETINGS, the perimeter of the completed grid contained the message ‘WELCOME TO THE NEW SUNDAY TELEGRAPH PRIZE CROSSWORD’. Leonard edited the puzzle from its inception until his death in 2013, at which point Chris Lancaster (SAMUEL) took over the responsibility. When Chris moved on in 2019, the current editor, Steve Bartlett aka proXimal, took over.

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EV 1536 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1536 (Hints)

Gallimaufry by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Solvers have already met proXimal, (also known as eXternal in his Inquisitor and Listener crosswords) the EV editor, twice in these hints, and he sets some of the Toughies.  In his last EV he reminded us (with fish) that ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poisson’.… Continue reading

EV 1519 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1519 (Hints)

Satisfaction 2 by proXimal

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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For the last EV of the year we meet proXimal, the EV editor, again. We can be sure of a challenge but fair and carefully constructed clues too. He seems to be promising us ‘satisfaction’ and this is certainly a meaty crossword.… Continue reading