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Enigmatic Variations No. 1084: Means by Chalicea

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 7th September 2013

mc_rapper67.

What does it all ‘mean’? Do I have the ‘means’ to solve this puzzle? The preamble is fairly clear to start with – 1A and 41A are thematic, with 41A being a description of what 1A’s ‘work’ means to ‘her’, which helpfully cuts out about 50% of the possible entries for 1A! This 41A should help fill the three barred off central cells. But then we are told there is a ‘cryptic representation’ of this ‘meaning’ in the grid, with 22 cells to be highlighted.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1083 – Identification by Kruger

Posted by Mister Sting on 4th September 2013

Mister Sting.

O me miserum! Mea culpa and de gustibus non est disputandum! Late again! My apologies to Kruger and to all 15^2 readers. I hereby pledge that if another blog is late then I will donate £20 to some good cause or other. But for now, on with the blog!

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Enigmatic Variations 1082 Twosome by Moordon

Posted by twencelas on 23rd August 2013

twencelas.

So this week’s fare comprises 12 unclued symmetrical placed entries around the perimeter and 6 clues without definitions (with the word play missing the letter that intersects the perimeter) –  otherwise a straight crossword – so try it any newcomers. What will the TWOSOME turn out to be?

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Enigmatic Variations 1081: Welcome! by Samuel

Posted by Dave Hennings on 17th August 2013

Dave Hennings.

This week we had the first solo puzzle from Samuel since he took over the EV editorship. (In case you didn’t know, he made up one third of Samphiry, responsible for EV 1079 Roles.) He also introduced us to the email address for any comments or queries: [email protected]

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1080: ATOL by Owzat

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 10th August 2013

mc_rapper67.

In ‘ATOL’, the preamble tells us that a ‘specific’ 10D of nine letters is formed by the addition of seven letters to answers to seven clues which are not ‘fully clued’. Each addition producing a normal word – including one surname.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1079 – Roles by Samphiry

Posted by Mister Sting on 3rd August 2013

Mister Sting.

A monster preamble this time – and all the excitement associated with a grid of many colours.

What we learn is that the puzzle’s subject plays 4 roles and is known by a particular pseudonym to Enigmatic Variations solvers. These roles and pseudonym are given respectively by corrections to lights and extra letters from subsidiary indications. Further background to the roles is given by 2 normal clues per role. Phew!

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Enigmatic Variations 1078 Before and After by Kcit

Posted by twencelas on 26th July 2013

twencelas.

Quite a complex preamble – 9 unclued entries, 11 with redundant words and 5 with redundant phrases and if that isn’t enough a central square to complete at the end.

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Enigmatic Variations 1077: A Figure produced by Oxymoron

Posted by Dave Hennings on 20th July 2013

Dave Hennings.

It’s always a pleasure to blog an Oxymoron (or Schadenfreude!) puzzle, and this one was titled A Figure produced by Oxymoron—intriguing!

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1076: Equivalence by Samuel

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 13th July 2013

mc_rapper67.

All the hallmarks of a classic EV in the preamble: misprints in the definitions of fourteen clues leading to a ‘suggestion’ as to how to enter eight answers ‘thematically’ – with three other undefined clues leading to a phrase whose thematic ‘equivalence’ should be written below the grid. All that was missing was the advice to ‘use a pencil initially’ – which is sometimes explicitly stated – and which I almost always do anyway, on a copy of the original.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1075 – Blame the Setter by Chalicea

Posted by Mister Sting on 6th July 2013

Mister Sting.

I got through this one quite quickly, aided by a liberal use of solving aids once I’d worked out how the clue worked (always useful for anagrams of words that are new to me). Although I do not, setters seem to regard difficulty as a proxy for quality, so I’m wary of declaring a puzzle ‘easy’. Nevertheless, there were a number of ‘gifts’, such as 14ac. I’m always grateful when the puzzle is on the easier side when it’s my turn to blog, but in any case this was an enjoyable entertainment for the Sabbath.

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Enigmatic Variations 1074 Almost Without Poor Clues by Ifor

Posted by twencelas on 28th June 2013

twencelas.

Straight clues, but an unconventional entry for one down clue in each column. A phrase to be deduced and advice against using a pen to fill the grid!

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Enigmatic Variations 1073: Crowning Glories by Glow-worm

Posted by Dave Hennings on 22nd June 2013

Dave Hennings.

“Four musical CROWNING GLORIES are clued without definition.” So we were celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. That would explain why she popped up in so many of the clues.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1072: Companions by Wiglaf

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 15th June 2013

mc_rapper67.

I found this puzzle quite challenging, partly due to a gap in my cultural references, which will be revealed – although I suspect many people who don’t have this gap may have got to the thematic entries, at least, straight from the title? Six thematic answers (undefined) need to be found, 20 extra letters identified to describe a related  ‘object’, which is then to be highlighted/shaded in the grid…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1071 – The Empty House by Nutmeg

Posted by Mister Sting on 8th June 2013

Mister Sting.

My house is, indeed, empty as I write these few lines, as is my stomach. My diary is empty, as exams very recents came to an end. Apparently, most empty of all is my head, since I can’t think of any more appropriate introduction to this enjoyable puzzle.

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Enigmatic Variations 1070 Perimeter by Kruger

Posted by twencelas on 31st May 2013

twencelas.

Relatively straight forward in the preamble department – extra letters from the wordplay spell out a quotation and this will enable the solver to complete the un-clued perimeter cells. Sounds straight forward enough.

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