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Inquisitor 56 THREESOMES by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on February 2nd, 2008

Colin Blackburn.

It’s always difficult starting a puzzle with several different clues types. Here we had extra words in eight clues, misprints in six and no definition in two. That still leaves plenty of normal clues. I usually scan the clues hoping to find the normal ones first. Once there are a few letters in the grid the thematic clues are often easier to work out. This process threw up a couple of the extra words quite quickly. Having found dame, billionaire and slugger I realised that looking for similar descriptions of people might be fruitful. It was and the grid started to fall into place. What took me longer was the theme itself. I had tentatively penciled in EVERAGE for one of the unlued entries realising it fitted with dame. I then got 23a, DANE and saw that it was an anagram of EDNA. A couple of glances at the grid gave MARTIN as a possible answer fitting with DEAN (a crooner) another anagram of DANE.

So, I was looking for anagrams of the unlued entries hat gave names, initially I assumed gven names but in the end it included surnames. Oh, and there was a ship in there just to confuse things. The six misprints formed ACTORS, two of the thematic entries.

I had to look up (MYRA) BRECKINRIDGE a transexual but other than that I knew all the thematic elements.

The five thresomes are:

DANE
edna EVERAGE dame
dean MARTIN crooner

ARMY
mary ROSE ship
myra BRECKINRIDGE transexual

THRU
BABE ruth slugger
john HURT actor

MANOR
roman ABRAMOVICH billionaire
norma JEAN BAKER Monroe

LARDOON
CRISTIANO ronaldo footballer
orlando BLOOM actor

A blue asterisk, *, indicates the clues lacking a defnition. Red letters within the blue words are the corrected misprints. The remaining blue words are the extra words in the clues.

Across
11 AKEE A+KEE(n) I used to an AKEE being a fruit but I guess the must grow on something.
12 OBTAIN (IN BOAT)* dame
13 MORESCO OR in COMES* ship
14 ETAS impossiblE TASk
15 LOOKOUT (ROOK – R) in LOUT R = take
23 DANE DANTE – T *
24 INVAR IN + VAR< a RAV is a teacher, new one on me.
25 NUTS STUN< loCo
27 COUNTENANCER NANCE in COUNTER
33 FOUSSA (OF USA’S)* a Madagascan civet appaently.
35 LIMO LI(t) + MO billionaire
37 LARDOON RD in LAO + ON *
39 ISMAIL ISM+AIL Monroe
40 ARMY R in AMY *
41 THRU TH’ + RU * I had this one marked as a normal clue until near the end as I convinced myself that ‘to follow’ defined THRU rather than serving as a connecting word.
Down
1 JAMMY MM in JAY MM = gentlemen.
2 HERR EH< + RR loRd I’m not certain of an element of the word play here. RR = moderator, is this because RR = Right Reverend or is there another reason, Chambers offers no help.
3 NEE “nay” bOrn
4 BASIC AB< + SIC footballer ABS is more common than AB but it’s the abdominal muscle.
5 OBOLI (I LO BO)<
6 OTT TOT with T lowered OTT = over the top.
7 MANOR “manner” *
8 ON TO PRONTO – PR
9 SLAUGHTERS A in SLUG + H + REST*
10 EASTER SET* in EAR
16 RING BORING – BO bAnd
17 KINE KIN+E transexual KINE = cattle, KIN = catty, an eastern weight. Nothing to do with catkins!
18 IONA ON in A1< the A1 is the main London to Edinburgh road and the datum point for the English part of the fascinating UK road numbering system.
19 SEAN double def. neT
20,36 AVATAR AV+A+TAR AV = Avocat and the definition here is glorifcation.
21 NANA NARNIA – (R + I)
22 DUKE K in DUE slugger
26 OCELOT (siames)E in O+CLOT
28 TALMA T(ouch) + ALMA crooner I’d not come across ALMA, a dancing girl, or TALMA, a cape, before.
29 NELIS SILEN(t)<
30 NORMS R in NOMS ruleS a cruel misprint this one I thought. I spent a fair while tring to make NORMS or NORMA fit without the misprint.
31 KANYE KENYA* KANYE West is an American rapper and record producer, m’lud. ‘slightly’ hints at the limited movement in the anagram. It’s not an extra word! As I thought for a short while.
32 EMIR (p)RIME<
34 SORA ? SORA is a rail (bird) but I don’t follow the word play “Rail crash essentially nothing criminal” The clue has no misprints or additional words unless I’ve made some mistake elsewhere.
38 DAB BAD<

4 Responses to “Inquisitor 56 THREESOMES by Lato”

  1. Mike Laws says:

    “crash essentially nothing criminal” = (c)RAS(h)+ O anag = SORA

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks Mike. Annoyingly I considered “crash essentially” = A but not RAS.

  3. HolyGhost says:

    2d Chambers defines Right Reverend as “a bishop, or Moderator of the Church of Scotland” so you’re right about RR.

    11a It also gives AKEE first as a tree, then as its fruit.

  4. nmsindy says:

    This was a superb puzzle – I was delayed by writing in (Norma) JEAN in the top left where JOHN eventually appeared so I struggled with HERR too – I found the Moderator late also – if memory serves, it took three steps in Chambers RR to right right to reverend and then to revere and there’s the Moderator. Must try to remember it for the future.

    I was very impressed with the consistent and imaginative thematic treatment, it cannot have been easy to fit it all in the grid.

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