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EV 1463 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1463

Drawing Parallels by Kcit

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Kcit certainly needs no introduction for EV solvers – his challenging puzzles in all the thematic cryptic outlets (also as Phi) and in the broadsheets, where, among other appearances he is a regular Telegraph Toughie setter, stretch back over almost twenty-five years. Continue reading “EV 1463 (Hints)”

EV 1462 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1462

Incomprehensible by Kruger

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Kruger will not be a new name to thematic cryptic crossword solvers. Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database lists over 130 of his crosswords in the Listener, Inquisitor, Crossword Magazine, Weekend and EV series so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.… Continue reading

EV 1461 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1461 (Hints)

Key Change by Brock

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Brock is a familiar name to Listener solvers. His ‘Bunch of Fives’ erlier this year was a beautiful creation and he amused us with spoonerisms on a Spooner anniversary not long ago.… Continue reading

EV 1460 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1460 (Hints)

A Human Connection by Ranunculus

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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

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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

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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

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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)”

EV 1455 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1455 (Hints)

The Golden Oldies by Skylark

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Skylark joined the relatively small band of lady setters just a couple of years ago and has delighted solvers of the Listener, Magpie, Inquisitor and Enigmatic Variations series with crosswords on literary and musical themes (Jazz, the Beatles, Endeavour Morse, Jeeves, Hercule Poirot, Frank Muir – his ‘Aisle Altar Hymn’, Oscar Hammerstein and Robert Graves). Continue reading “EV 1455 (Hints)”

EV 1454 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1454 (Hints)

Ramjets by Eclogue

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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)”