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EV 1522 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1522 (Hints)

Consequences by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Eclogue has been setting regularly for the EV series for the last eight years. Solvers will remember The Australasian One that appeared after the ladies’ month last summer.

Preamble: The answers to eight normal clues each provide the potential CONSEQUENCES for their respective entries.Continue reading

EV 1521 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1521 (Hints)

Tops and Tails by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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The last two EVs by Piccadilly were the one with a Playfair square and his ‘Two Straight Lines’ which were horizontal and vertical. Clearly his themes range considerably and we can expect something unusual.… Continue reading

EV 1520 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1520 (Hints)

Consequences by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Stick insect is well into double figures for the EVs he has produced and solvers will be familiar with his Listener and Magpie puzzles too, and confident that there will be an entertaining endgame.… 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

EV 1518 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1518 (Hints)

Burned Out by Nudd

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Nudd has been setting cryptic crosswords for most of the thematic cryptic outlets for many years. As part of the Rood setter combination, he was winner of the Listener’s Ascot Gold Cup some years ago.… Continue reading

EV 1517 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1517 (Hints)

Pseudonym by 29

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Preamble: …except 29 is a false PSEUDONYM. In four entries a segment of 29 is replaced by a word of four letters, making non-words. Taken in order of the replaced segments these other words represent the real PSEUDONYM, to be written below the grid.Continue reading

EV 1516 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1516 (Hints)

Fear by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords appear in a range of outlets: this will be her 45th EV and solvers will remember her Asian One in the ladies’ month. After last week’s challenge they can be sure of a gentler solve this week.… Continue reading

EV 1515 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1515 (Hints)

Disguise by Jaques

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Jaques is familiar to EV solvers and to Magpie solvers too (with a crossword rated D in the current Magpie). A debut Inquisitor crossword has recently appeared and he has two Listener crosswords to his name.… Continue reading

EV 1514 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1514 (Hints)

Quest by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be Gaston’s 22nd crossword in the Enigmatic Variations series. Solvers will remember his puzzle this spring, where we drew a map of the jumps in the Grand National, then his final puzzle after the EV Ladies’ Month where he included geographic features in ‘The South American One’.… 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