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Enigmatic Variations N0 1643- Career

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Matakari | 21:56 Tue 21st May 2024 | Crosswords
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Good evening, looks somewhat challenging, but interesting! Thanks for help with the following!


2 The coming week with new duties to be rearranged ( 9 ): ?????T?D?

16 Basis of bone erosions missing or rotated and realigned ( 6 ) :  ??S???

23 Reproducible program ready with important date put back ( 8 ) : ?RE?????

26 Help outside is very good for Indian trees ( 7 ) : ??????S  ( MANGOES )

33 Hold forth following question, like an empanelled jury ( 7 ) : ??????E


23 Elderly cousin abroad caught German that’s gone ( 5 ) : ??A?C

18 Flower before university on turning 20 (  8 ) : ?I???????



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Matakari, this is a thematic puzzle and there is important information, instructions, in the preamble. Some of it is crucial, so it'd be only fair (and polite too) to give it!

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My apologies for the oversight, NACW! Here are the crucial instructions accompanying this crossword:

Solvers must highlight three groups each of six contiguous cells, showing all but the final stage of a CAREER, completing it by filling the otherwise empty bottom row, so creating new words from crossing entries. One answer must be entered as a jumbled non-word to reveal a location, and a second needs some letters replacing by a representation. Numbers count cells used by answers. In each of four clues, the wordplay fails to give a consecutive pair of letters in its answer; each pair must be removed from one of four other clues before solving. The four pairs may be ordered to identify the adviser who suggested the CAREER. Chambers Dictionary ( 2016 ) is recommended.

2 current religious feast

16 anagram missing or

23 reproducinble at no cost

26 not mangoes - urgent help outside

18 no i

33 abbrev. for question then to speechify


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Thanks, quinol, I've got 16, but the others baffle me still. I would appreciate the answers.

whit sissoes quorate (some anyway)

Matakari, at least two of your clues in that batch are affected by info in the preamble - so be vigilant!

PS Have you got 20, seeing as it's mentioned in 18 D?

sorry meant sissoos

16 ossein?

YS, NMA -  but  that was the only one Matakari managed from the hints!

23 freeware

free + w +ERA reversed

You're on a roll now, NMA. I can't remember if you normally tackle this puzzle? A link to it was posted on Sunday...

No I just dip in and out of crosswords, I like simple cryptics with no special instructions. Matakari's always seem reasonably accessible whenever there's no special instructions. It's the RTE ones with which I struggle more. 

2- I can Whitsuntide but assume there's special instructions to lose 2 letters

Thanks, NMA. I am not a fan of the RTE clues, they are sometimes nonsensical!

This EV wasn't particularly difficult, but the various bits and pieces going on made it... slightly time-consuming. I know Matakari isn't a fan of missing or extra letters, so I thought the complicated bits with those would put him off this one!

Yes, NMA, the preamble - which I asked Matakari to include - references things such as that....

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Thanks, newmodarmy and NACW, answers for  2a, 33a, 19d and 23d to get a further push while I await the Spectator ( hope it's a Doc's offering...).

Matakari, I'm happy to give you those answers - but it's not really 'giving you a further push', it's doing the puzzle for you! 

I  think you must have missed 2 A being given already...

33. Quorate - Qu, question and Orate

19 D?

23 Franc (the preamble should help you parse that one)

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Thanks, NACW, I meant 18d, there's no 19d.

Thanks, Matakari - yes, I knew there was no 19 D, so your query confused me! 

18 D  Auricular (you didn't say whether you'd got 20, I was curious about that).

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