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Enigmatic Variations 1130 What’s the catch? by Picadilly

Posted by twencelas on 25th July 2014

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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

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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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Enigmatic Variations 1122 Pet Shop Boys et al by Dysart

Posted by twencelas on 30th May 2014

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8 jumbles, 28 misprinted clues – members of a group to find. An outline to be drawn through 12 connecting and symmetrically placed cells and 6 cells to highlight representing the title? Sounds like a challenge.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1121: Excessively Affable by Kruger

Posted by Dave Hennings on 24th May 2014

Dave Hennings.

One of my favourite setters this week, not to mention one of the most prolific here at EV. This week, we had a misprint in half the clues, with the incorrect letters spelling out a phrase which determined how ten thematic answers were to be entered.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1120: Curious Cocktail by Rustic

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 17th May 2014

mc_rapper67.

Another poignant moment, as the preamble informs us that this is the very last EV from Rustic (James Leonard) – instigator of the EV series and its editor for 20-odd years – who died just over a year ago. This puzzle was compiled shortly before his death, and has been prepared for publication with the assistance of James’ friend and fellow setter Warbler (Sylvia Jordan), which is a wonderful tribute, but must have been an emotionally difficult task.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1119 – Pacemaker by Ifor

Posted by Mister Sting on 10th May 2014

Mister Sting.

‘PACEMAKER’ has two very different connotations.  There’s the one trailblazing for the fit, and there’s the one that gives help to the less healthy.  Will either of those meanings describe this puzzle?
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Enigmatic Variations 1118: t20, the Setter’s View

Posted by Dave Hennings on 3rd May 2014

Dave Hennings.

[I am posting this blog on behalf of Oyler, the setter of t20.]

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Enigmatic Variations 1118 t20 by Oyler

Posted by twencelas on 2nd May 2014

twencelas.

Not only a new compiler this week but also a new type of puzzle. Those who regularly complete the Listener will be familiar with the format and the neat logic required to compile and solve these numerical grids. So throw away your Chambers and dust down your O’ level text books (GCSE text books for our younger readers). This may also be a first for fifteen squared too!!

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1117: Metre Cube by Oxymoron

Posted by Dave Hennings on 26th April 2014

Dave Hennings.

A pretty straightforward puzzle from Oxymoron this week? Well, I wasn’t banking on it!

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