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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

twencelas.

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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Enigmatic Variations : Phenytoins by Ifor

Posted by Dave Hennings on 9th November 2013

Dave Hennings.

This week it’s another chance to blog one of my favourite setters. Here, we had to change the appearance of ten answers with nine clues containing a word or phrase which would help with the diagnosis of Ifor’s medical problems.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1092: Burnt Offering by Mynot

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 2nd November 2013

mc_rapper67.

Hmmm…a ‘burnt offering’…not quite the 5th of November, so unlikely to be Guy Fawkes…the (reasonably brief) preamble tells us that in ‘most’ clues the wordplay will lead to an extra letter, which will spell out an instruction to the solver.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1091 – Name Game by Jacques

Posted by Mister Sting on 26th October 2013

Mister Sting.

Ah, a game from Jacques to pass the time on a Sunday. Well, I’m game. What its name? ‘Name Game’. A shame my fame came… ah, phooey. I’ve never been any good at writing these intros. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 1090 With the Beatles by Salamanca

Posted by twencelas on 18th October 2013

twencelas.

Some transformation of answers in this week’s offering from Salamanca and a connection with John, Paul, George and Ringo perhaps.

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Enigmatic Variations 1089: Choreography by Kea

Posted by Dave Hennings on 12th October 2013

Dave Hennings.

Kea’s puzzles are normally at the trickier end of the spectrum, certainly those in the Listener series. Time would tell whether I was in for a hard time this week or not.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1088: Aarrgghh by Samuel

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 5th October 2013

mc_rapper67.

Well, belay there ye landlubbers – Cap’n Samuel has a piratical offering in celebration of ‘International Speak Like A Pirate Day‘ (an event which, I have to admit, had passed me by until I set sail with this puzzle). Ten clues are questions in the form: ‘What’s a pirate’s favourite…<something>?’ – where the answer, if spoken ‘like a pirate’, contains the sound ‘AARRGGHH’! And if that isn’t enough, these ten have to be entered ‘where they will fit'; and fourteen other clues lead to an extra letter which, in clue order, produce a further question – the answer to which is hidden in the grid, to be highlighted. All aboard, me he-aarrrgghh-ties!

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Enigmatic Variations No.1087 – Ambiguities by Piccadilly

Posted by Mister Sting on 28th September 2013

Mister Sting.

I am reliably informed that the word ‘ambiguity’ comes from the Latin ambi-, eaning both ways, and agere, meaning to drive. Will this puzzle take the easy road or will it drive the solver crazy?

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Enigmatic Variations 1086 Dance with Two Cheats by Shark

Posted by twencelas on 20th September 2013

twencelas.

This week – extra letters in the wordplay spelling out a line form a verse and its source. Two further lines from the verse then must be applied to the completed grid to reunite an associated pair leaving a grid with some empty cells and only real words. Intriguing indeed.

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Enigmatic Variations 1085: Unreliable by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on 14th September 2013

Dave Hennings.

A seemingly straightforward puzzle from Kcit this week. There were only four misplaced clues to identify, each lacking a common definition. The absence of misprints and missing/extra letters in clues made it a fairly easy solve (for which I was actually quite grateful).

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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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