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EV 1505 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1505 (Hints)

Two Straight Lines by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Piccadilly’s last EV crossword was ‘Boricahf’, where we had to solve a Playfair square to find three types of spaniel, so you know that you can expect something unusual.

Preamble:  Each set of clues is presented in alphabetic order of its answers, to be entered where they will fit in one of the four identical quadrants.Continue reading

ST 3126 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3126 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, unlike some other Provinces, Manitoba is more or less ‘holding its own’ against the Fourth Wave with the majority of new cases occurring in a region that has the lowest vaccination rate where the residents presently prefer to rely on Ivermectin, a horse de-wormer (absolutely true), and most of the other bogus remedies coming from our Southern neighbours.… Continue reading

DT 29784 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29784 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning from Warrington, where it’s a dull overcast day. Thanks to Gazza for holding the fort last week. Continue reading “DT 29784 (Hints)”

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

ST 3125 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3125 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, on Friday night, we had a thunderstorm with some welcome, but not enough, rain.  Meanwhile, in the early hours of yesterday, Hurricane Larry ‘hit’ the city of St John’s and the surrounding area of SE Newfoundland – fortunately, no casualties, just downed trees and power outages, etc. … Continue reading

DT 29778 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29778 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)

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The hard-working Tilsit has been detained in the office once more this morning so I’m providing a few hints to get you started if you’re having problems.

Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.Continue reading

EV 1503 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1503 (Hints)

The Proverbial Way by X-Type

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is X-Type’s fourth EV crossword. His generous cluing style, large number of anagrams and use of familiar language will give a speedy solve to old hands and be a pleasure to solve for newcomers to the advanced thematic cryptics.… Continue reading

ST 3124 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3124 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where we are awaiting the full onset of a fourth wave.

Keep staying safe everyone.

Another puzzle where I will reserve judgement (with an ‘e’ notice).  I counted five anagrams (three partials), one crickety clue (not hinted by me), two lurkers, and two homophones (not hinted by me, but the indicators are reasonably obvious) – all in a symmetric 32 clues; with 16 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

DT 29772 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29772 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club

Hosted by Tilsit

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Greetings from the tropics of Warrington! Thanks to Gazza for covering last Saturday when, once again I was asked to work at short notice. Continue reading “DT 29772 (Hints)”

EV 1502 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1502 (Hints)

The Name of the Game by Ranunculus

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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We find from Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database that Ranunculus has been setting crosswords for the Enigmatic Variations series since 2014, and that this one is his tenth..

Preamble:  The eight unclued entries are thematically linked and each must be entered in an appropriate style.Continue reading