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Enigmatic Variations No. 1108: Dreams by Rasputin

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd February 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Enigmatic Variations No. 1100: Compère by Oxymoron

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 21st December 2013

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The EV series clocks up another hundred on the mileometer and, due to the rotation of the four current bloggers, I am the lucky one to mark the occasion (as I was with EV1000 a couple of years ago). In ‘COMPÈRE’ there are 24 empty cells (in two separate shapes) after solving. These empty spaces must be filled with a thematic phrase, which includes an abbreviation, and one word split between the shapes. All clue answers and final entries can be justified by Chambers. (This puzzle also had a shortened solving period – submission date brought forward by a week, due to the Xmas festivities – hope nobody was caught out by that?)

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Enigmatic Variations No.1099 – School Team by Kruger

Posted by Mister Sting on 21st December 2013

Mister Sting.

There’s only a short preamble this time.  There are, we are told, ten answers which are to be modified.  The remark about the lengths of grid entries implies that these may involve the addition or removal or letters.  But the pressing question is, as always, which letters?

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Enigmatic Variations No 1098 Find and replace by Poat

Posted by twencelas on 13th December 2013

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A new setter for me to blog, but not a new setter. Poat’s puzzles tends to lie at the harder end of the spectrum – all seems so simple 16 clues with words swapped about, 1 unclued entry which is determines the replacement for the clued entry at 1 across.

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Enigmatic Variations #1097: Distortion by Stick Insect

Posted by Dave Hennings on 7th December 2013

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A smaller than normal 10×10 grid this week, so do I expect easier than normal clues or a toughie?

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1096: Demand by Samuel

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 30th November 2013

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The preamble to DEMAND tells us that ‘the hunt is on’ for the unclued 14D. In 34 clues an extra letter in the wordplay will give us a ‘group’ met on the way, and their ‘demand’. Ten symmetrically placed answers must then be tweaked to meet this demand.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1095 – And finally… by Artix

Posted by Mister Sting on 23rd November 2013

Mister Sting.

A monster preamble this week.  Also, so far as I am aware, a new setter for the EVs.  Having so recently dodged a rather tough Ivor puzzle, I’m a little nervous about this unknown quantity.  Who will have the last laugh?

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Enigmatic Variations 1094 Riddle in Eight Parts by Jaguar

Posted by twencelas on 16th November 2013

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An EV from Jaguar, a second for me to blog – 3 different groups of seven to wade through. 7 unclued of a theme, 7 clues with misprints which can spell out theme and 7 with an extra letter in the wordplay giving the source of the theme. Sounds quite daunting and there’s more. One of the 7 of the theme needs to be highlighted and it’s creator’s pseudonym entered below the grid.

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