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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

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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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Enigmatic Variations No. 1116: Morphed by Shark

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 19th April 2014

mc_rapper67.

The preamble says ‘In the definition of every clue a letter has been MORPHED and must be changed back before solving. In clue order, alternating between correct and morphed letters in each set of across and down clues will inform the solver how to highlight the grid (A=1, B=2, etc). Three words will then become apparent, and must be shaded in pencil; the remaining cells in the grid must be highlighted in green.’

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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

twencelas.

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

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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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