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Enigmatic Variations No.1055 – Hot Water by Jacques

Posted by Mister Sting on 16th February 2013

Mister Sting.

When I was solving this puzzle, I wasn’t sure whether it was my turn to blog or not. I was happy to find out that it was, since I found it a lovely diversion: a pleasant decoration of time, as I think someone* said of music.

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Enigmatic Variations 1054 Connections by Salamanca

Posted by twencelas on 8th February 2013

twencelas.

A simple preamble – some theme words and connections and a little bit of highlighting to finish. Sounds like a very accessible EV, one for the first timer, even.

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Enigmatic Variations 1053: Making a Point by Ifor (& Brat)

Posted by Dave Hennings on 2nd February 2013

Dave Hennings.

No time this week for anything more than the bare bones as I’m in the process of moving house … for the second time in six months (and the last time in at least ten years I hope).

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1052: Mixed Doubles II by Kruger

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 26th January 2013

mc_rapper67.

Did anybody get a really tough jigsaw for Xmas – the kind that you start and then realise you’ve bitten off a bit more than you can chew, with everything else that’s going on at Xmas, and it sits around being worked away at through most of January? I didn’t…but this puzzle, which came out on 12th night, as the decorations were being taken down, more than made up for it – certainly the hardest EV I remember having to blog for a while. Got there in the end, and hugely satisfying, but a tough workout!

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Enigmatic Variations No.1051 – Map by Raich

Posted by Mister Sting on 11th January 2013

Mister Sting.

Sorry I’m a little late in publishing this.

I thought we’d had a Raich offering relatively recently, but a quick check tells me we haven’t had one for around 15 months. In any case, there’s been a common feature in the themes of the last few Raichs – what about this one?

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Enigmatic Variations 1050 Double Entry by Nudd

Posted by twencelas on 11th January 2013

twencelas.

It’s the Sunday before Christmas, so does Double entry refer to something festive?

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Enigmatic Variations 1049: Iris by MynoT

Posted by Dave Hennings on 5th January 2013

Dave Hennings.

A fairly straightforward puzzle this week by the looks of it. Six extra words to be found in the clues which would give an instruction.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1048: Missing Title by Nutmeg

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 29th December 2012

mc_rapper67.

Another annoyingly misleading editing error in the preamble – which starts: ‘Half of the 24 clued answers…’ but should probably start: ‘Half of the 48 clued answers…’, or ‘Of the 48 clued answers, 24/half…’. Anyway, these 24 need to suffer ‘a related loss’ to form the grid entry. ‘Most’ of these can be construed as an 11D by a character to be found in the grid. Initial letters of the other (24) clues form a partial ‘further explanation’, which needs to be finished off below the grid. Is that clear?! It took a few readings and re-readings before I really got a grip of what was going on…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1047 – X Marks the ???? by Rustic

Posted by Mister Sting on 22nd December 2012

Mister Sting.

There are two errors in the first sentence of this EV’s preamble. There are dots rather than commas separating some of the numbers giving word lengths for the quotation, which is described as “running clockwise IN THE MOST of the perimeter”. I appreciate that these are small mistakes (and not the setter’s fault), but they irk me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 1046 Author by Picadilly

Posted by twencelas on 8th December 2012

twencelas.

An extra letter in each of the subsidiary indications – straight forward enough but then the answers must be jumbled except for the first and last three rows and first and last 2 columns. sounds quite complicated. And 2 quotes and an author to find.

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Enigmatic Variations 1045: Musical Idol By Lato

Posted by Dave Hennings on 1st December 2012

Dave Hennings.

The annual-ish EV outing for Lato this week, and no extra/missing letters/words or misprints to look out for. Instead there were just nine unclued entries, each suggested in one of two ways by a tenth.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1044: Seven Things by Wiglaf

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 24th November 2012

mc_rapper67.

Wiglaf is a new name to me – and doesn’t seem to appear anywhere else on 15×15, so is either a new setter. or one of those occasional collaborations of setters(?). Either way he, she or they has/have produced an interesting and challenging puzzle here. It does what it says on the tin: there are seven ‘things’ to be found (in clues lacking definitions) and twelve misprints to identify a ‘group of people’ associated with these things. Lastly 18 cells to be identified to ‘reveal the theme’…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1043 – Dark by Chalicea

Posted by Mister Sting on 17th November 2012

Mister Sting.

An ominous title to this EV. Will Chalicea leave me in the Dark?

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Enigmatic Variations 1042 Tempting Fate by Samuel

Posted by twencelas on 10th November 2012

twencelas.

Seven unclued entries, 18 with extra letters in the wordplay, one clued without definition and quite a convoluted preamble as to how the unclued entries are derived. Would I be tempting fate by saying its sounds straight forward?

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Enigmatic Variations 1041: What’s the Point by Oxymoron

Posted by Dave Hennings on 2nd November 2012

Dave Hennings.

I noticed last week that the deadline for EV entries moved, with effect from number 1039, from Friday to Thursday. I guess we should be posting our blogs sometime on Friday now, in line with other competitions.

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