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EV 1538

Enigmatic Variations 1538

Tour by Vismut

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EV 1529 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1529 (Hints)

Pine Box by Vismut

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Vismut’s last EV crossword, ‘Pretty Lights’, produced that beautiful baptistry window. ‘Pine Box’ we read with a hint of dismay. This sounds more funereal. We know that a Vismut crossword is going to challenge us.… Continue reading

EV 1513 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1513 (Hints)

Pretty Lights by Vismut

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Solvers will be familiar with Vismut’s puzzles that are usually challenging and rich in thematic material. Of course, she starred during the ladies’ month in the EV and IQ series.

Preamble:  Each clue contains a single letter misprint; in clue order, correct letters spell out what to read sequentially, creating two messages in parallel to reveal two names and a date.Continue reading

EV 1504 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1504 (Hints)

Pick up by Vismut

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Solvers enjoyed Vismut’s last EV during the ladies’ month – she needs no introduction.

Preamble:  Two across clues have an extra word that will give two colours when jumbled together. One colour must be used to shade the cells of two unclued crossing entries which should be filled with the rank (entered cyclically), title, name and regnal number of the theme; the second colour must be used to shade a further 78 cells to complete a display of his allegiance.Continue reading

EV 1496 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1496 (Hints)

The European One by Vismut

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Vismut bexame one of the rare lady setters of advanced cryptic crosswords three years ago and her compilations have appeared in the Listener, the Magpie, the Inquisitor series and the EV.… Continue reading