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Enigmatic Variations No 1137: Endeavour by Shark

Posted by Dave Hennings on 13th September 2014

Dave Hennings.

A tricky setter this week in the shape of Shark, with a couple of Listeners and a few EVs and Inquisitors under his belt. Here we had some extra words in clues which needed to be grouped. I hoped that the theme would be one that I could come to grips with.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1136: Journey by Jaguar

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 6th September 2014

mc_rapper67.

Jaguar is offering to take us on a JOURNEY…who knows where we will end up. As it happens, I was away on a family holiday in the South-West that week, and ‘are we there yet?’ was a familiar refrain.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1135 – The Seminal Moment by Gaston

Posted by Mister Sting on 30th August 2014

Mister Sting.

Many EVs have marked moments of one kind or another.  Will this be an historical occasion, a moment in a process, or something else entirely.  (Excellent!  I’ve written an introduction that doesn’t mention semen.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 1134 Darkness by Oxymoron

Posted by twencelas on 23rd August 2014

twencelas.

A treat for me this week Oxymoron – a favourite compiler of mine for many a year. Always a challenge but always fair. 28 clues need 2 or 3 letters to be removed (spelling out a quotation missing a word) and the rest need a thematic treatment before entry. Sounds like fun.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1133: Peripheral Consequences by Jaques

Posted by Dave Hennings on 16th August 2014

Dave Hennings.

A smaller than average grid and a longer than average preamble greeted us this week. In fact, close reading of the preamble told us that the grid had a perimeter which needed filling and would end up being standard 13×13 fare.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1132: Another Game by Artix

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 9th August 2014

mc_rapper67.

A blank grid with no bars or numbers – and one of the longest preambles for a while…is Artix going to be playing games with our heads?

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Enigmatic Variations No.1131 – The Journey South by Gila

Posted by Mister Sting on 2nd August 2014

Mister Sting.

A puzzle by ‘Gila’ this week.  Will it prove to be a monster?  If it does,  at least they’re ‘normally not fatal to adult humans’, which is a relief.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 1130 What’s the catch? by Picadilly

Posted by twencelas on 25th July 2014

twencelas.

What’s the catch? well this week in crosswording terms there are 20 answers to be entered with empty cells.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1129: Bang! by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on 19th July 2014

Dave Hennings.

A slightly different clueing technique this week. There were several clues comprising two definitions to words which differed by one letter and wordplay to the common letters. A block of cells would provide the source of the BANG. These letters would be the ones which appeared in the grid, their alternatives replacing the letters of the source to give the consequence.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1128: Unknown Destination by MynoT

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 12th July 2014

mc_rapper67.

Hmmm…if you have an UNKNOWN DESTINATION, it might take a long time to get ‘there’ – and so this proved for your correspondent. Every answer must be entered without one letter – wherever it occurs – and these letters make out a quotation (in Brewers) missing a crucial word, which is to be found and highlighted in the grid. The grid also contains a ‘thematic hint’ as to the word’s ‘appearance’.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1127 – Nightmare by Eclogue

Posted by Mister Sting on 5th July 2014

Mister Sting.

‘ordeal, horror, torment, torture, trial, calamity, agony, anguish, awful experience’.

That’s how Chambers describes a nightmare.  Oh goody…
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Enigmatic Variations 1126 Translation by Samson

Posted by twencelas on 27th June 2014

twencelas.

A puzzle subject to be found and two of his works. Followed by a translation to be found based on extra letters in the wordplay – sounds like fun.

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Enigmatic Variations No 1125: TRRNRUN × VT by Kea

Posted by Dave Hennings on 21st June 2014

Dave Hennings.

It’s always wise to treat Kea puzzles with respect and trepidation. This one seemed to be a combination of a normal EV with a bit of mathematics thrown in as well. It will be interesting to see how this goes down, given the unrest over the recent Oyler puzzle!

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1124: Hard Graft by Chalicea

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 14th June 2014

mc_rapper67.

The preamble to ‘HARD GRAFT’ tells us that a ‘6A by 11D’ (both unclued) will appear in the grid (five words) and explain said ‘graft’. In addition, each clue’s wordplay will lead to an extra letter, and in clue order these will indicate something to be highlighted in the grid. So, has Chalicea sentenced us to some hard labour?…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1123 – Untitled by Samuel

Posted by Mister Sting on 7th June 2014

Mister Sting.

The title doesn’t give a lot to go on, but I think we all recognise the setter.
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