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Enigmatic Variations No. 839 — Two Words by Piccadilly

Posted by Colin Blackburn on December 5th, 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A very brief introduction today. This was an excellent puzzle with a tough twist at the end. Oddly my other blog today, IQ100, is also about the puzzle name. Here variations of ENIGMATIC made up each of the rows and columns making up the central 9 by 9 square. This final jigsaw was quite a feat, I’m not even convinced I have it right but it looks okay. The outer rows and columns were entered normally as was 18ac. I assume his last one was to force a unique solution.

The final TWO WORDS making up the message, ENIGMATIC VARIATIONS, could be found starting in 1dn and weaving down the first two columns and across the bottom two rows. The letters to be highlighted making up these two words are shown in red in the answers below.

Finally, apologies for the lateness of this blog, a combination of being away last weekend and work. In order to get something up I have left out my comments on clues. Piccadilly’s clues were, however, very fair and clear but if there are any questions I will happily clarify things.

(XYZ)* anagram
[XYZ] insertion
[xyz] deletion
ZYX< reversal
X.Y.Z. initials
vwXYZab hidden word

Central 9 by 9 square

T M E A I C I N G
E C A G M I T I N
N I C I T A G E M
A E M N I G I T C
M T I I G N E C A
I G I C N E A M T
C I T E A M N G I
I N G T C I M A E
G A N M E T C I I
Across
1 A ALTERNATIVES A LATER NATIVES
13 R DAINTY DA IN TRY
14 R SUDANIC abSURDANICar
15 A MICHIGAN MICAH I.G. AN
16 N CANED CANNED
17 G TIMING (GIT IN MG)*
18 E IONIC I ONE IC
20 M GAMETAL GAM METAL
21 E GEMMAN GEM MEAN
22 N CIG-IT oiCINGITal
24 T TIMMY ThIsTiMeMaY
27 S GIN GS IN
28 O CEASE CO EASE
29 F ICING (MAGNIFICENT – MEANT)*
30 N MARKET RAM< KENT
32 I STATICE STATIC IE
34 N GAINS G A INN S
37 E CITING (GIN ICE T)*
39 L GLEAM (ALL GEM)*
40 E MAGNETIC (MEETING A)* C
42 T AVARICE A V[TAR]ICE
43 T CONSUL CONSULT
44 E EMPHATICALLY (TEAM PLAY CHILE)*
Down
1 R ADENI (IN RED A)<
2 S LAPDOG SLAP DOG
3 A INTIMATE (IMITATE AN)*
4 C MINCE MIN[CC]E
5 E MATRICE MEAT RICE
6 G ANY ANG[r]Y
7 I SIAM IS I AM
8 I MUTAGENIC (IMAGINE CUT)*
9 M DIGIT DIM GIT
10 N VECTIAN A in VINCENT*
11 T SIMPAIS S [IMP] AITS
12 O SCHILLER SO CHILL ER
19 R CINEMATIC CRI[AMEN<]TIC
20 I GIANT GI ANTI
21 N MYSTICAL (LATIN’S MY C)*
23 O SILICATE SOCIALITE*
25 T MASSIVE MAS STIVE
26 H PARTING PAR THING
28 E MECCANO (ONCE CAME)*
31 R KAGOUL K.[ARGO]U.L.
33 W THING W[a]T[c]HING
35 O AGAIN AGA [nat]ION
36 R SLILY SeLlInLoRrY
38 D CETE DETEC[t]<
41 S TIC STIC[k]

2 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations No. 839 — Two Words by Piccadilly”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Colin
    “This final jigsaw was quite a feat, I’m not even convinced I have it right but it looks okay.”

    You need have no concerns, your completed grid agrees with mine. Not only was it quite a feat for the solver to complete the 9×9 square but Piccadilly must have found it an effort as well.

    A most enjoyable puzzle and one that gave a high degree of satisfaction on completion.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks for the confirmation Geoff. Yes, Piccadilly’s feat was impressive. Many of the letters in the “perimeter” were also in ENIGMATIC, necessarily in some cases, giving him a limited set of letters to work with.

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