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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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Enigmatic Variations No. 1100: Compère by Oxymoron

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 21st December 2013

mc_rapper67.

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

twencelas.

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

Dave Hennings.

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

mc_rapper67.

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

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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