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Inquisitor #7 by Buff – ACADEMY AWARDS

Posted by petebiddlecombe on February 23rd, 2007

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Solving time 2-3 hours

I joked with Loonapick a couple of weeks ago that even-numbered Indies were easy and odd-numbered ones hard. Not now, with last week’s Offa’s Dyke marathon and this (for me) straightforward puzzle.

I got a good start by guessing correctly that this puzzle had nothing to do with the Oscars, and then spotting the Nobel prize categories in the grid. Working out that the seven clues mentioned in the preamble led to words with “No BEL” didn’t take long after that. But then I made life hard for myself by thinking that the fifth category was Economics rather than Literature – which made finding the quote in ODQ rather difficult. So did a little ambiguity at 32D – I had “Revile the Sun in trouble” as RA,IL(l) rather than a(RA)IL, so flicked through people beginning with B in ODQ, looking for first names beginning with L rather than A! Yes, I know, the real answer is better, as ‘in trouble’ doesn’t quite fit ‘ill’.

The quote is: “Always a good card to play for honours” – AB = Alan Bennett. A nice puuzle from Buff, another Indie Mag setter of whom I know nothing – unless they send me a nice “it’s me” e-mail like the one I got from Ploy the other day. Lower case letters in brackets below are the extra letters in wordplay contributing to the quote – and sometimes the choice or positioning of the lower case letter is arbitrary. I’ve only listed the ones I think are difficult. Ask in the comments for any you think I’ve missed out wrongly.

Across
1 MEDICINE (unclued)
7 No BEL – (BEL)LIED
14 SETAE – SET,A(w)E
17 No BEL – (BEL)TANE
18 No BEL – (BEL)CHER
20 SNASTE(s) – assents* – a snaste is a wick (as in candles), and a wick is a wick made of rush.
23 SA(g)ULT – sault as in somersault
28 PLE((o)URA
31 No BEL – COR(BEL)S – cors and baths are Hebrew measures – more in C if you need it.
34 PEACE (unclued)
36 WIER,DE(a)R – weir(2) = wear(4) = Scots “to guard”
38 No BEL – LA(BEL)LA
 
Down
1 MENA,C(t)ES=sect<=
4 CHEMISTRY (unclued)
6 NEAFFE(e) – (FANFA(r)E,E)*
7 LEET,L(y)E
9 No BEL – (BEL)DAME
12 1-0,(o)N,IAN
13 T(r),HEN
20 SALOME(o) – ((l)OOSE(e),(f)EMAL(e))*
22 PHYSICS (unclued)
24 LUST,RA(n) – quinquennial ceremonial cleansings of the Roman populace
26 A(u)STARE – letter swap in ‘austere’
27 REEL(r) = LEER<=,R – to gloat = to look in a leery way
31 No BEL – COW(BEL)L
32 (a)(RA)IL

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