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Inquisitor 63: 20 Across by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on March 23rd, 2008

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Solving time: about an hour

I solved a fair number of clues cold and then wondered what was going on, but then saw that all the answers with different lengths to the grid entries were one letter shorter and contained IT. Possibly with the help of some checking letters, the phrase RUN FOR IT was then a fairly obvious candidate to fit 20A. The double replacements in the centrally placed HOSPITALITY and CASSITERITE are a nice touch, as is the high proportion of answers with the transformation.

Across
1 TACIT = TACRUN – C.I. in TAT
6 A,B(S)IT = ABSRUN
10 (no)VITIATE = VRUNIATE
12 Y(IT)ES = YRUNES
13 FIT,T = FRUNT
15 (d)ITAS = RUNAS
16 SMIT,S = SMRUNS
18 SHELTER = Shetl(and)er*
22 HOSPITALITY = HOSPRUNALRUNY – (I play it host)*
25 TI(T)TLES = TRUNTLES
29 I,TEM(p) = RUNEM/td>
31 ROU(PI)T = ROUPRUN
33 NITE=”kinght”,R = NRUNER
34 NO(U.,L.)D
35 NEUME = (att)UNEME(nts)*
36 LI,TER- = LRUNER
37 M(A NEAT)ER
38 EA,SSEL=less rev. – kept looking for a 6-letter river as the answer, with the direction as SE, even when this implied a triple S.
39 RESIT = RESRUN – tries*
Down
1 THYRSE – H in tyres*
2 CITES,S = CRUNESS
3 I.,TALA = RUNALA
4 NIS,S(enil)E
5 CASSITERITE = CASSRUNERRUNE – ((h)ere is static)*
6 AT,A.,MAN
7 SUITOR = SURUNOR – (is out, R)*
8 R,I.,T(es)T = RRUNT
9 NUT,LET
11 UNSAINT – Ant(on)ius*
19 DO,I,TED = DORENED
21 F,LIT = FLRUN
23 PNEUMAS = Supe(r)man*
24 UNI,TER(m) = UNRUNER
25 TIT(L)E = TRUNLE
26 LIEN,(A)L = of the spleen
27 S.P.,OUTS
28 bOsuN a DrIfT = ONDRUN
30 NI=in rev.,T.,S. = NRUNS
32 (b)OILER

One Response to “Inquisitor 63: 20 Across by Schadenfreude”

  1. HolyGhost says:

    34A: NOULD is an obsolete past tense of the archaic veb NILL = REFUSE (as in the clue).
    NOULE is Spenserian for NOLL = top of the head.
    I can find no connection between Spenser, refused and the answer. Am I missing something?

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