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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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Enigmatic Variations No.1147 – Sets Out by Ferret

Posted by Mister Sting on 22nd November 2014

Mister Sting.

I’ve got my fingers crossed for an EV about set theory, although I think it unlikely.  Apart from that, I’m distracted by what a ferret might set out.  Answers on a postcard, please…

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Enigmatic Variations 1146 Light Extension by Jaques

Posted by twencelas on 14th November 2014

twencelas.

Some too short answers (half of which contain a misprint in the definition) and all the other clues have a misprint in the definition. How light an extension will this prove to be? And what exactly is the LIGHT EXTENSION to be used to fill the blank cells and make a grid of real words?

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Enigmatic Variations No 1145: Rank Outsiders by Ifor

Posted by Dave Hennings on 8th November 2014

Dave Hennings.

An interesting clueing device this week, with one word in the definition being an anagram of the true word plus an extra letter. The message given by the extra letters (read thematically) would define the title of a work, one line of which would indicate what grid modifications would be required.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1144: Qualification by Nutmeg

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 1st November 2014

mc_rapper67.

As Brad Pitt once said: ‘The first rule of Fight Club is that you do NOT talk about Fight Club.’ Well, to paraphrase…’the first rule of EV Club is that you DO read, re-read and dissect the preamble…otherwise you waste time chasing up blank alleyways…’. OK, not as macho, but your correspondent should have followed it.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1143 – Go Ping by proXimal

Posted by Mister Sting on 25th October 2014

Mister Sting.

What an unusual title! Ping pong, the machine that goes ‘ping’, Pingu…

No idea.

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Enigmatic Variations 1142 Opening Shot by Chalicea

Posted by twencelas on 17th October 2014

twencelas.

So the perimter contains the opening shot of a pamphleteer though it has been changed from the Oxford dictinary of quotations. This leads to the removal of words from 15 solutions indicating the pampleteer’s prejudice. the pamphleteer then needs to be highlighted. UKIP immediatley sprang to mind ! I have a strange mind obviously.

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Enigmatic Variations No 1141: Teaser by Jaguar

Posted by Dave Hennings on 11th October 2014

Dave Hennings.

Hmmm! I’m not sure I’ve seen this before… clues in alphabetical order of their answers but with clashes! Ten to be precise.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1140: 118 by MynoT

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 4th October 2014

mc_rapper67.

In the week leading up to the Scottish referendum, I took inspiration from the story of Robert the Bruce in his cave with the spider…’if at first you can’t solve the EV, stare at it for ages and try and try again, until you do’!

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