Enigmatic Variations – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

EV 1636 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1636 (Hints)

Mislaid by Luxor

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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It is a always a pleasure to welcome a new setter to the ranks. Well, this is actually Luxor’s second EV but Phibs had the pleasure of writing the hints for her first one last November – ‘First Born’, the one about Dolly the Sheep.… Continue reading

EV 1626 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1626 (Hints)

Cops by Piccadilly

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It is a pleasure to download a crossword by Piccadilly who has been setting them for 35 years and EVs since 1995. Of course he sets for the Listener and Magpie too. We can be sure that his clues will be fair and generous.… Continue reading

EV 1620 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1620

Land Race by Kruger

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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There is no need to introduce Kruger whose very first EV crossword appeared on this day (December 10th) 28 years ago – quite an achievement! We always find his crosswords tough and this one was no exception but, as usual, we had to admire the skill of the setter.… Continue reading

EV 1614 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1614 (Hints)

Hide and Seek by Piccadilly

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It is a pleasure to download a crossword by Piccadilly who has been setting them for 34 years and EVs since 1995. Of course he sets for the Listener and Magpie too.… Continue reading

EV 1590 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1590

Anthology by Charybdis

Hints and tips by The Numpties

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Charybdis is a prolific setter for all the advanced thematic crossword outlets and I see on Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database that this will be his 27th EV so we can be sure that we are in competent hands.… Continue reading

EV 1582 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1582

Undefined Parameters by Cagey

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It seems that this is only Cagey’s third Enigmatic Variations crossword though his is a more familiar name in the Magpie. We wondered how cagey he was going to be with his clues and prompts.… Continue reading

EV 1578 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1578 (Hints)

Two Words by Piccadilly

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It is a pleasure to download a crossword by Piccadilly who has been setting them for 34 years and EVs since 1995 – this one is his 52nd Enigmatic Variations crossword. Of course he sets for the Listener and Magpie too.… Continue reading

EV 1576 (Hints)

Enigmatic Variations 1576

NOT RELATED TO CHRIS by Kruger

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There is no need to introduce Kruger who has been setting EV crosswords for over 26 years. We always find his crosswords challenging and this one was no exception but we had to admire the skill of the setter.… Continue reading