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Archive for March 6th, 2010

Enigmatic Variations 903: Crews by Piccadilly

Posted by Dave Hennings on 6th March 2010

Dave Hennings.

Piccadilly has set puzzles for all the series, although the last five years has seen him (Mick Willey) setting for Enigmatic Variations. He is also that rare beast, someone who sets both word and numerical puzzles.

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Guardian 24,945 (Sat 27 Feb)/Araucaria – Eton mess

Posted by rightback on 6th March 2010


Solving time: Fail.

The theme here was American states, of which there are an impressive 12 in the grid (plus references to more in the clues), but this was easy to spot and the thematic clues would have been largely wasted on any solvers (and I’m sure there are plenty) who could reel off at least the majority of the 50 states. As a result three quarters of this fell out very quickly, but I stalled in the bottom right. Eventually I spotted ECSTASY but drew a blank on 16dn (BIDENTATE) and 24dn (ETONS?), and I still don’t understand the latter or the wordplay to 14dn.

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