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Enigmatic Variations No.1115 – Hurry Up by Moordon

Posted by Mister Sting on 12th April 2014

Mister Sting.

HURRY UP, says (new?) solver Moordon.  Hang about, I haven’t even started!  Will this rush prove rash?

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Enigmatic Variations 1114 Around the World by Wiglaf

Posted by twencelas on 4th April 2014

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Only 20 non-standard clues this week – 6 without definitions and 14 with an additional letter in the wordplay which give a specific way of travelling around the world. However, the grid, also, has a number of clashes to be resolved according to the theme.

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Enigmatic Variations No 1113: Anonymous by Gaston

Posted by Dave Hennings on 29th March 2014

Dave Hennings.

A relatively rare beast this week… a new EV setter, in the guise of Gaston. Obviously I had no idea whether to expect a toughie or an easy puzzle. I’m going to assume it’s fairly straightforward and let time tell whether I’m right or not.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1112: Title, Please by Syd Lexis

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd March 2014

mc_rapper67.

A sad moment – this is (presumably) the last EV from Syd Lexis (Alan Donovan), whose recent passing was announced the week before in Nimrod’s Inquisitor 1322 editorial, and to whom tributes have been posted on Derek Harrison’s Crossword Message Board. My condolences to ‘Syd’s nearest and dearest. ‘TITLE, PLEASE’ is a blank thematic jigsaw, which gave me flashbacks to his EV1008, which I blogged almost exactly two years ago.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1111 – December 2184 by Samuel

Posted by Mister Sting on 15th March 2014

Mister Sting.

I think it’s safe to say that none of us will be around in December 2184 to verify any sequences that may or may not be continued.  So we’d better hope that we can work out what Samuel has in mind some other way.

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Enigmatic Variations 1110 Joined Forces by Ifor

Posted by twencelas on 7th March 2014

twencelas.

Three answers with indistinct definitions- two of which need to be replaced with associated two word phrases to resolve the grid clashes. Several clues with misprints too – so which forces are being joined I wonder? And there’s more in the preamble too

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1109: Seaside Capers by Piccadilly

Posted by Dave Hennings on 1st March 2014

Dave Hennings.

The construction of this crossword was reminiscent of a puzzle a few months ago. Across entries in the two top and bottom rows, and down entries in the four left and right columns had an extra letter in the wordplay not entered in the grid. They provided an instruction to the solver. These clues were to be entered normally, all others were to be entered jumbled. I decided not to ferret out the earlier puzzle, but to solve this one uninfluenced.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1108: Dreams by Rasputin

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd February 2014

mc_rapper67.

In ‘DREAMS’ solvers need to turn one man’s dreams ‘into reality’ by single word removals from various clues, and by erasing 51 cells from the completed grid – so pencils and/or correcting fluid at the ready… Lastly, a ‘representation’ of one of the desired effects needs to be highlighted. Will this turn out to be ‘Sweet Dreams’ (c.f. the Eurythmics) or ‘A Nightmare on EV Street’?!…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1107 – Strategy by Nutmeg

Posted by Mister Sting on 15th February 2014

Mister Sting.

Nutmeg’s not giving too much away here.  The title, STRATEGY, is in some way inappropriate or at least has to be made ‘more appropriate’.  Someone or something ‘has a problem’, and the grid has to be ‘altered’ is some unspecified way.  Let’s hope we can get more from the clues.

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Enigmatic Variations 1106 Take Heed by Samuel

Posted by twencelas on 7th February 2014

twencelas.

Welcome back to the telegraph puzzles site – a complex preamble this week. 30 misprinted definitions, 4 unclued entries, seven clashes in the grid and 3 cells to be highlighted. Sounds like fun.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1105: Loss of Life by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on 31st January 2014

Dave Hennings.

[Apologies for the slightly early (and slightly bizarre) time of posting this blog. Fast forward to Spoiler Alert to find out why!]

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1104: Nice by Ferret

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 25th January 2014

mc_rapper67.

The preamble tells us that twelve answers need to be substituted with a ‘thematically associated’ word before entry. And the one unclued entry can be ‘similarly’ associated with a word which must be highlighted. Sounds straightforward enough, but is Ferret really being ‘NICE’ to us…?

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Enigmatic Variations No.1103 – Snapshot by Nod

Posted by Mister Sting on 18th January 2014

Mister Sting.

Oh dear, a Playfair code-square.  And the preamble says that there’s a four-word code phrase, which is going to greatly complicate things.  An inauspicious start, so how are things going to work out?

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Enigmatic Variations 1102 Just Brussels Sprouts by Chalicea

Posted by twencelas on 11th January 2014

twencelas.

Sounds like there may be a seasonal theme here – Brussels Sprouts – tasty. Across clues are normal, whilst the downs have misprinted definitions – sounds fun. Then there is some modification required to the final grid

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1101: Prevention by Charybdis

Posted by Dave Hennings on 4th January 2014

Dave Hennings.

Charybdis is one of my favourite setters (mind you I’ve got quite a few). His puzzles are always sound and often quirky… like his recent Listener, #4268 Check This Out last November.

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