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EV 1565 Setter’s Blog

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Solstice by Chalicea

Setter’s Blog

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EV 1565 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1565 (Hints)

Solstice by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I learn from an interview with The Guardian that “Chalicea began as a simple merging of CHARLES (husband) and ALICE (mum). Doc, the editor of 1 Across magazine, accidentally added the A and it stuck.” My fellow blogger also on occasion goes under the names Curmudgeon and Gnomie (suggesting a tight fist and a pointy head?), and has a reputation for producing entertaining and scrupulously fair puzzles which tend to inhabit the lower end of the difficulty spectrum.

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EV 1551 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1551 (Hints)

Opinion by Chalicea

Hints and tips by Phibs

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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 1535 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1535 (Hints)

Painful Poems by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Chalicea’s crosswords appear in the Magpie, IQ, Crossword Club, 1 Across, and Listener series as well as on the back page of the Telegraph, in the 3D Calendar, and Telegraph Toughies. Solvers often welcome her relatively gentle clues which stick fairly closely to Chambers definitions.… Continue reading

EV 1525 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1525 (Hints)

Needles by Chalicea

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Newer solvers enjoy Chalicea’s crosswords because they are among the less difficult advanced thematic cryptics and usually have a fairly graphic endgame or lots of thematic material, often appearing in grid diagonals. What, wonders the solver, is she up to here?… 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