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EV 1545 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1545 (Hints)

Subject, Verb, Object by Gaston

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This will be Gaston’s 25th crossword in the Enigmatic Variations series. Solvers will remember his puzzle 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’ and his ‘Quest’ that took us back to Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.… Continue reading

EV 1544 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1544 (Hints)

The Bounty by The Ace of Hearts

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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On the crossword database we see that The Ace of Hearts has been compiling crosswords since 2015 for The Listener, Inquisitor, Magpie, Crossword and the Enigmatic Variations series. This is his ninth EV crossword.  Continue reading “EV 1544 (Hints)”

EV 1542 by Stick Insect

EV 1542: Battle by Stick Insect – a Setter’s Blog

Extra letters give FIGHTING WITH HIM WAS LIKE TRYING TO SOLVE A CROSSWORD, from Red by TAYLOR SWIFT; the line ends ‘…and realising there is no right answer’, hence SWIFT is removed with the cells shaded red.

Some crosswords come from a subject dear to the setter’s heart, which he’s keen to share with others.… Continue reading

EV 1543 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1543 (Hints)

Hard Bargain by Opsimath

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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You will already have encountered Opsimath’s crosswords. He sets in the in the Magpie, Listener, Inquisitor and EV series. This is his third EV and should be welcome to new solvers as he firmly believes in fair and generous clues and doesn’t look for difficulty for its own sake in his crosswords.… Continue reading

EV 1542 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1542 (Hints)

Battle by Stick Insect

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Stick Insect has been setting EV crosswords for some years. He sets in the Toughie series 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.  Continue reading “EV 1542 (Hints)”

EV 1540 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1540 (Hints)

Going Postal by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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When we check on Dave Hennings’ crossword database, we find that Piccadilly has been setting crosswords for 33 years, most of them for the Telegraph’s EV series (but also for the Listener, Magpie and Weekend series).… Continue reading