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EV 1646 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1646 (Hints)

Borderline by Vagans

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database tells us that this will be Vagans’ fifth EV crossword.  Solvers will also have met him as part of the Ovid team. We know that we can expect clues that range through the media, music, religion, languages – in effct an immense cultural compass – and a grid that probably includes graphic features.… Continue reading

EV 1644 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1644 (Hints)

Clubs by Eclogue

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Eclogue set crosswords for all the thematic crossword outlets. This is their nineteenth in the EV series. We know that we’ll be faced with a carefully crafted set of clues with some unfamiliar words as solutions and a theme that may well surprise us.… Continue reading

EV 1643 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1643 (Hints)

Career by Ifor

Hints and tips by Phibs

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I asked Gemini, “Bearing in mind that crossword setters give their puzzles titles which are intended to gently mislead, what might be the subject of a puzzle entitled ‘Career’?”.

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EV 1642 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1642 (Hints)

Conflict by Skylark

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is Skylark’s ninth crossword in the EV series. We have seen her work during the IQ and EV ladies’ months and in the Magpie and Listener.

Preamble:  28 clues contain a surplus word, which should be removed before solving.Continue reading

EV 1640(Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1640 (Hints)

Diplomatic Ties by Check

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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This is Check’s fifth crossword in the EV series. We see his compilations in the Listener, the Inquisitor and the Magpie too.

Preamble: Clues to each of the four-letter entries must have a letter removed before solving.Continue reading

EV 1639 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1639 (Hints)

Switch by Piccadilly

Hints and tips by Phibs

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In his novel Changing Places, David Lodge describes a parlour game called Humiliation which is introduced to Euphoric State University’s English Department by British exchange professor Philip Swallow. It involves each player naming a book which he hasn’t read but thinks that the others probably have, and scoring a point for every person who has indeed read it.

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EV 1638 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1638 (Hints)

Chilly by The Ace of Hearts

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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The Ace of Hearts has been producing crosswords for the Magpie, Listener, Enigmatic Variations, and Inquisitor series since 2015. This, Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database tells us, will be his 12th EV.… Continue reading