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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

mc_rapper67.

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

twencelas.

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

mc_rapper67.

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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Enigmatic Variations 1154 Crackers by Charismatix

Posted by twencelas on 10th January 2015

twencelas.

The pre Christmas EV is a joke themed puzzle from a new setter (or was it a collaboration?). Can the jokes be as bad as a real cracker jokes? If so what about the clues ! 32 clues have an extra letter which spell out a fifth joke, the answer to which is hidden in the grid completes my précis of the preamble.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1153: The Square and Compass by Ranunculus

Posted by Dave Hennings on 3rd January 2015

Dave Hennings.

First of all, apologies for not alerting fellow EV solvers to the early entry date for this puzzle. Although I saw that mc had put up a placeholder last week, I didn’t think to check the closing date for this week’s entry (Tuesday, 30th).

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1152: Resurrection Man by Charybdis

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 27th December 2014

mc_rapper67.

A fairly complex preamble for RESURRECTION MAN, with clashing letters in seven cells representing a ‘dissected body’, thirty-six clues containing redundant word whose first letters spell out further useful information and an instruction, and on top of all this, six unclued entries – four thematic and two to be shaded to complete a ‘picture’. Confused yet?!

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1152: Resurrection Man by Charybdis – PLACEHOLDER AND SUBMISSION DATE CHANGE

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 20th December 2014

mc_rapper67.

Please note that, due to the Christmas period, the deadline for submission of this puzzle has been moved forward to Mon 22 Dec. There is still time to get your submission in by scanning/emailing it! The blog will appear here some time after Monday 22nd …

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Enigmatic Variations No.1151 – Contest by Kcit

Posted by Mister Sting on 20th December 2014

Mister Sting.

Well, this is a strange-looking little thing!  A 15 by 8 box, with numbered columns and lettered rows.  And then there’s all sorts of other gubbins – jumbling and extra letters – with a little bit of highlighting for good measure.

OK.  Deep breath, and let’s begin.

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Enigmatic Variations 1150 The Fairy Godmother by Samuel

Posted by twencelas on 12th December 2014

twencelas.

Ten clues are film titles which can be transformed with the addition of a single word. The across clues have an additional letter in the wordplay which spells out another film title with its additional word to be found in the final grid. Sounds a little different from the norm – Sounds like fun!

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Enigmatic Variations No 1149: Common Usage by Raffles

Posted by Dave Hennings on 6th December 2014

Dave Hennings.

Raffles is a new setter to me, although I see he has had a couple of Magpie puzzles. Here every across clue needs treatment; most need partial treatment, three need treatment in their entirety, and one of those needs subsequent partial treatment. Sound confusing? Well it certainly confused me.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1148: Paradox by Kruger

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 29th November 2014

mc_rapper67.

The preamble for PARADOX tells us:  “In clue order, the second or fifth letters of single extra words in 15 clues give a PARADOX that is epitomised by one of the unclued entries. The other seven unclued entries give the means by which this PARADOX became possible and those who made the most use of it. The other choices of the second or fifth letters instruct solvers as to what they must write below the grid.

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