# Fifteensquared

## Enigmatic Variations No.1011 – Title by Piccadilly

Posted by Mister Sting on April 12th, 2012

With this sort of DIY grid puzzle, it all depends how easy cold-solving is. So how easy is this going to be? And what’s the puzzle actually called?

In fact, in addition to cold-solving, one has the aid of the grid – in this case, there are only two 4-letter clues and six 7-letter clues. The former, along with a fair portion of the clues, are frankly pretty easy (I’ve spent a lot longer getting this entry ready than I did on the original solve – especially because I lost my original grid and had to do it again).

I could have started in the NE quadrant and attempted a sort of simultaneous solve-and-fill. Instead, given their simplicity, I chose to solve as many of the clues as I could prior to the grid fill, to be as sure as I could be of the grid.

Doing it that way avoided any dramas, and the few trickier (to me, at least) clues fell fairly easily given a few letters).

The last thing to find was the title. It wasn’t hard to spot.

JIGSAW PUZZLE

sitting across the vertical bars in the third and tenth rows.

Not a tough solve, this week, just a simple, well-executed idea.

Here’s the grid:

 H A M I S H I K U K R I S L A N T I N N S I G N K O S J I G S A W N A F U N C U R L E V A D N E L E A R S O C E L O T C L A R E D O T R E S I T P L A C E P C Y N I C S A T A R T A R L A M I A C A N Y O N A I D I N G I R O P U Z Z L E L G A F I R T R E E A N O A S Y E A N S R S C E R N E

Well…

There were a couple of editing issues (there is a Telegraph crossword editor, isn’t there?): “Sergeant-at-1aw” shouldn’t have a numeral in it to the best of my knowledge. Also, OCELOT has (6), not (5) characters. The latter is pretty important in a puzzle of this sort, but that’s not Piccadilly’s fault.

Notation
(xxx) = definition
[xxx] = (anagram/homophone/container/etc.) indicator
XXX* = anagram
< = reversal
xxx = unused letter(s)
wards=incorrect letter

### 4 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations No.1011 – Title by Piccadilly”

1. crypticsue says:

I haven’t done many of these EVs at all and was delighted to finish this one. Lots of new words to learn too – the wordplay for all was very obvious but I needed the Big Red Book to check I wasn’t making them up. Thanks to setter and blogger too.

2. crypticsue says:

I just had a thought while out on my walk – if the closing date for this isn’t until Wed 11th, surely this blog should be live after that date. I hope you haven’t reduced my odds of winning the pen by giving away all the answers!

3. Mister Sting says:

Hello crypticsue.
Sorry about the mix up – I didn’t realise that the Telegraph had lengthened the submission window.
Don’t worry – I have tracked down everyone else who viewed the entry and assassinated them.
Thanks to Gaufrid for rescheduling.

4. Chesley says:

Don’t agree that Piccadilly is entirely blameless for any typos as he will have had the opportunity to proofread his puzzle. However, perhaps he did point out the errors and they were not corrected – I don’t know.

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