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EV 1454 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1454 (Hints)

Ramjets by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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We have been finding crosswords by the Eclogue team in a range of publications of thematic cryptics over the last ten years, the EV, Crossword, the Inquisitor series and the Magpie, and we know that the clues will challenge us but be fair and that there will be a smile when we spot the theme. Continue reading “EV 1454 (Hints)”

ST 3075 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3075 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, on the first day of Autumn (Tuesday), we had a very Summery 30 degrees!

Keep staying safe everyone. 

Dada is quirky again this week, with a sprinkling of Hmms – I counted three anagrams (two of which were partials), one lurker, and three homophones – all in an asymmetric 29 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 29479 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29479 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Morning everyone!

Thanks to BD for stepping in last week. Afraid as I am working today, it’s going to be a brief blog.

A very agreeable challenge today which contained one or two little stings in the tail. The four long answers should give a foothold into the puzzle and help you on your way. Continue reading “DT 29479 (Hints)”

EV 1453 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1453 (Hints)

Four-letter Words by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Piccadilly has been setting crosswords mostly in the Enigmatic Variations series and for the Listener for over thirty years so you can be confident that his clues will be fair and balanced. When we see his name as the setter of a Listener numerical crossword, we tend to shiver (though his recent numerical one had a memorable finish – the numbers had to be converted to words and they gave I HATE NUMERICAL CROSSWORDS BECAUSE MAKING A MISTAKE MEANS STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN) but fortunately we are dealing with words here. Continue reading “EV 1453 (Hints)”

ST 3074 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3074 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where we had two sub-zero mornings this week – the first, but not the last, of this Autumnal season.

Keep staying safe everyone. 

Dada is still quirky this week, with at least a couple of Hmms – I counted four anagrams (one of which was a partial), one lurker (reversed), and no homophones – all in a slightly asymmetric 27 clues, with 15 hints ‘sprinkled’ throughout the grid you should be able to get the checkers to enable the solving of the unhinted clues.… Continue reading

EV 1452 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1452 (Hints)

Bridges by X-Type

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is the second of the series of gentle puzzles with hints and tips to help newer solvers.

Previous crosswords in the series by X-Type have been noted for his classic style of cluing. With a different pseudonym, he is a Listener and EV setter of long standing (over thirty years!) who can be relied on to produce relatively gentle puzzles. Continue reading “EV 1452 (Hints)”

ST 3073 (Hints)

 

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3073 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, after the ‘late’ autumn weather we had last weekend, we are enjoying ‘late’ summer weather this weekend.

Keep staying safe everyone. 

Having noted that it is now acceptable to use the term ‘quirky’ (see Friday’s blog for example), I have no qualms in saying that, today, Dada is (very) quirky – I counted seven anagrams (five of which were partials), one lurker, and no homophones – all in a symmetric 28 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 29467 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29467 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington where the R rate is rising and probably by this time next Saturday we’ll be locked down, along with most of the North. Continue reading “DT 29467 (Hints)”

EV 1451 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1451 (Hints)

The Beagle Has Landed by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is the first of a series of gentle puzzles with hints and tips to help newer solvers.

Preamble: To show that THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED, solvers must 11, 20, 16 No. 1451 at 1 & 34 (seven words);
Chalicea’s puzzles are usually at the more generous end of the difficulty scale and this proves to be no exception. As there are unclued words in the grid, the clued ones will have to be relatively easy. We are told that there are seven words at 1a and 34a. Chalicea has been rather sneaky as the fifth of these words has been split between those two lines.

It is often worth giving a thought to the title. Clearly this one is a play on Neil Armstrong’s 1969 triumphant statement, “The Eagle Has Landed”, but why the Beagle? Surely Chalicea is not using the tragic story of little Laika, the pup the Russians launched into space, who crashed into the earth in Sputnik 2 in 1957. Another famous beagle? In what way might he have ‘landed’? Continue reading “EV 1451 (Hints)”