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Enigmatic Variations

Posted by neildubya on October 22nd, 2008


From this week, we shall be blogging the Enigmatic Variations puzzle which appears in the Telegraph. Blogs for puzzles 832 and 833 will appear over the next few days, with 834 appearing the following week. Your bloggers will be Gaufrid and Colin, with a new team member hopefully joining in November.

For those who don’t know what I’m on about, the Enigmatic Variations is an advanced cryptic. That is, the grid has bars rather than blocks, the vocabulary is often harder than in daily cryptic puzzles and each puzzle will have some sort of theme or gimmick which, for example, may involve doing something with the answers before being entered into the grid. In other words, it’s like the Inquisitor puzzle which appears in the Independent and the Listener, which appears in the Times.

If there are any solvers of the puzzle out there that would like to help out on the blogging side, please drop me a line: [email protected].


4 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations”

  1. Peter Mabey says:

    Having filled the grid for EV824 (Six-letter words) I can’t see the name to be highlighted. Can you tell me who & why?

  2. Gaufrid says:


    I probably can but I am unclear as to which EV you referring. EV824 was entitled ‘Fourteen’ so I don’t understand your reference to ‘six-letter words’. I can find no EV with this title in recent months.

  3. Gaufrid says:


    Found it at last. EV826 not 824. Unfortunately misfiled in my archive.

    The name to be highlighted was Garfield Stauburn Sobers who was the first batsman to score six sixes in an over. The name starts at the square under 6 and progresses anticlockwise in the shape of a figure 6 to finish two squares below 9.

  4. Peter Mabey says:

    Sorry for mistyping puzzle number!
    Thanks for elucidation – all those sixes should have put me on right track. I’d only spotted ‘field’, which wasn’t enough, especially as I was unaware of Sobers’ middle name.

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