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EV 1551 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1551 (Hints)

Opinion by Chalicea

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I’m delighted to have been given the chance to blog some more EVs, starting with this offering from my fellow hintster and tipster. A prolific setter, Chalicea has a reputation for producing highly accessible puzzles; her definitions, whether of answers or wordplay elements, are usually very precise, often closely matching those found in Chambers.

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EV 1550 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1550 (Hints)

Elementary Solutions by A FEW

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The culmination of a month of puzzles that put the ‘eco’ into recondite decoding features a preamble and four preamblets, and is surely the work of a consortium.
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EV 1549 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1549 (Hints)

Elementary IV: A Dramatic Instruction by Kcit

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Today we have the fourth in the Elementary series, the overall motif for which should now be clear to those who have tackled puzzles I-III.
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EV 1548 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1548 (Hints)

Elementary III: Growing Concern by Brock

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Today we have the third in the Elementary series of puzzles, and we’re starting to get a pretty good idea of what to expect theme-wise.
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EV 1547 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1547 (Hints)

Elementary II: Rising Costs by Hedge-sparrow

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Those who solved last week’s Elementary I may already be able to take an educated guess at the overarching theme of this month’s collection. Staying Alive was a gentle prelude, and I’m expecting Rising Costs to be accompanied by Rising Difficulty.
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EV 1546 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1546 (Hints)

Elementary I: Staying Alive by X-Type

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After almost two years and ninety-five puzzles the Numpties are taking a well-deserved break this month. I am delighted to have been offered the role of locum tenens, and I’m looking forward to being your guide as we navigate a path through the next five puzzles. The prefix to the title of today’s offering suggests that it could be the start of a linked series – time alone will tell (‘cos I won’t!).

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