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Enigmatic Variations No. 1169: Sentiment by Stick Insect

Posted by Dave Hennings on 25th April 2015

Dave Hennings.

There have been some fun puzzles from Stick Insect over the last few years, including his recent Listener puzzle, Reductio Ad Absurdum.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1168: Call Sign by Shark

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 18th April 2015

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In CALL SIGN, Shark offers up: a ‘non-standard’, rectangular grid – 10 x 14; seven unclued entries, all of a kind; no misprints/corrections, just four significant extra words in clues; and finally, some colouring in to be done. What will transpire?…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1167 – Warning by Samuel

Posted by Mister Sting on 11th April 2015

Mister Sting.

A somewhat unusual set-up: across clues are given in pairs, and the method of entry for four across rows is thematic (whatever that might turn out to mean), with no definition given.  Another row is unclued, and must be filled with ‘the reason for the WARNING’.  The down clues, meanwhile, are not idle – extra letters from their solutions give ‘the subject of the WARNING’.

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Enigmatic Variations 1166 Adventurous Group by Piccadilly

Posted by twencelas on 3rd April 2015

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Some normal clues to be jumbled and some clues with additional letters in the wordplay to be entered normally. The extra letters spelling out the adventurous group who are in two symmetrically placed areas in the final grid. Sounds like a jigsaw puzzle.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1165: Way Out by Kea

Posted by Dave Hennings on 28th March 2015

Dave Hennings.

One of my favourite setters this week, and a nice short preamble. Nine answers were connected to their grid entry in some way, with the remaining clues having something restored before solving.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1164: Greetings by Kruger

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 21st March 2015

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Kruger sends his ‘GREETINGS’ – will EV solvers return the hand of friendship? I think they should!…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1163 – Lucas by MynoT

Posted by Mister Sting on 14th March 2015

Mister Sting.

I have a soft spot for puzzles such as this that have clues presented in alphabetical order of their answers.  Goodness knows why, when I might end up staring at a blank grid!  Perhaps its just that the ‘sort and slot’ technique appeals to the same desire for order as jigsaws.

At any rate, ‘Lucas’ could be a number of things.  Isn’t George still flogging the dead horse of Star Wars?  Maybe it’s related to that.

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Enigmatic Variations 1162 Shortfall by Ottorino

Posted by twencelas on 6th March 2015

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6 answers to jumble after completing the grid to complete 2 groups of 3 creative people; 11 letters to be discarded from the definition of 11 clues describe where to put 2 letters to eliminate the Shortfall. It’ll make more sense as the grid fills up I hope.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1161: Extremes by Chalicea

Posted by Dave Hennings on 28th February 2015

Dave Hennings.

For the second month in succession, I’m blogging a puzzle with no extra/hidden letters/words or misprints. There were just a couple of unclued entries to find, and they would indicate which twenty-six letters to highlight in the finished grid.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1160: Around Eve by Nod

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 21st February 2015

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A nice short preamble…only 24 clues…this should be a doddle! But hang on, what is going on with the grid? No bars, no grid numbers, except 1-12 along the ‘axes’. No clue enumerations either…there must be more to this than meets the eye…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1159 – Offerings by Samson

Posted by Mister Sting on 14th February 2015

Mister Sting.

I’m fond of these perimeter-quotation puzzles, although they can make things a little tricky if you can’t get a toe-hold in the centre of the puzzle.  However, it’s not clear how much if any of the quotation will survive the dramatic cull proposed in the preamble (we are to delete almost three quarters of the grid once it’s been filled in).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 1158 Fool’s Mate by Ifor

Posted by twencelas on 6th February 2015

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All occurrences of a letter to be removed from all down answers; Five across answers to be jumbled and a message derived from the remainder. Not finished there – the message explains how to find a phrase for fool’s mate to be written below the grid.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1157: Observation by Nudnix

Posted by Dave Hennings on 31st January 2015

Dave Hennings.

This week, a setter who was new to EV, although there have been a couple of recent Magpie puzzles from Nudnix. The preamble seemed almost innocuous… no missing/extra letters, misprints, spoonerisms or other jiggery-pokery, just some highlighting in the final grid, which was only 11×11. I didn’t know whether I should feel hard done by or to accept it as a late Christmas present. I chose the latter.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1156: Definition by Xanthippe

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 24th January 2015

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DEFINITION ticks several boxes in the list of classic EV devices – misprints in definitions giving some thematic material (a song title and part of a line from it) followed by the removal of some letters from the grid, and the drawing of a shape in their place. Plus, a little twist in the tail, with the last two misprinted letters leading to some more thematic material…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1155 – Reductions by Oxymoron

Posted by Mister Sting on 17th January 2015

Mister Sting.

Oxymoron gives some hints about the possible construction of the puzzle here, by calling it REDUCTIONS, and telling us in the preamble of “a shortage of space” and “clashes”, and warning us that the number of cells given in grid entries may not be the number of letters in answers to clues.

All well and good.  That still leaves a lot of questions.

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