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EV 1506 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1506 (Hints)

Potato Scraps by The Ace of Hearts

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be the 7th EV by The Ace of Hearts. Solvers will have enjoyed his last one about the Beaufort Scale. Like many advanced thematic cryptic crossword setters, he also sets for the Magpie, the IQ Series, the Listener and Crossword magazine.… Continue reading

ST 3127 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3127 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg where, today, we are enjoying (maybe, maybe not) Dada’s 150th Sunday puzzle.

Keep staying safe everyone.

For me, I think I made it harder than it actually was by not recognising some of Dada’s indicators although I did have some Hmms including one for the Pun. … Continue reading

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

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