For a blog of the puzzle see Duncan’s comment below. Many thanks Duncan.
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4 Responses to “Inquisitor 68 – A Very Big Mistake by Kruger”
The p[uzzle was entitled A very big mistake by Kruger
There were three different treatments of clues and/or answers, equal numbers of each.
There were 33 clues, so there were 11 occurrences of each type of clue/answer
a) wordplay with one extra letter
b) wordplay with one letter missing (these are the most difficult to explain)
c) single letter misprint in definition
I am doing this a bit by memory, so I may not get all the clue treatments right. One or two double definitions could be either a) or b)
Five unclued entries were associated with the theme as follwos:
11 across - WHITE STAR
15 across - TITANIC
38 across - CARPATHIA
1 down - NEW YORK
24 down - BRITAIN (I think SOUTHAMPTON might have been better, but presumably Kruger couldn't fit it in)
Finally there were 7 adjacent letters to be highlighted as the cause of disaster. Starting in square at the beginning of 26 down, 3 cells up, one cell diagonally up then diagonally down to 3 more vertical cells running down the word ICEBERG was spelt out.
Clues were solved as follows:
1 Misprint A heeds/heads : NOBS - NS (partners) around OB (objection) = NOBS (heads)
5 Wordplay short of P : KEPT - KET (matted wool) = KEPT (took care of)
12 Misprint R wiles/wires : WIRER - W (wife) and R (right) containing IRE (resentment) = WIRER (he uses wires)
13 Wordplay short of an I : HOLI - HOL (a means of escape [holiday]) = HOLI (Hindu festival)
14 Misprint L bout/lout : YOBBO – OB (by the way + BOY young man) all reversed (rejected) = YOBBO (lout)
16 Extra letter F in word play : OLE – hidden in …..schoOL FEstival……. (can’t quite remember the Scandivanian bit, Olaf?)
18 Misprint O farm/form : ELSEWISE – anagram (hurt) of EWE LIES and S (special) = ELSEWISE (in another form)
20 Extra letter U in wordplay : RECURES – anagram (hurt) of RUSE without the U contain E (English) + CUR (dog) = RECURES (gets back)
22 Wordplay short of R : RICK – PICK (play guitar, without P [practice]) = RICK (strain)
25 Extra letter T in wordplay : SING – STING (pain) = SING (confess)
27 Wordplay short of an E : SOLDIER – SIR (teacher) contains OLD (familiar) = SOLDIER (worker)
28 Wordplay short of an E : CINERAMA – Anagram (developed) of AMRICAN (AMERICAN without E (Head of Engineering) = CINERAMA (3D images)
31 Extra letter N in wordplay : SRI – R (Reaumur temperature unit) contained within (living in) SIN without the N = SRI (Monsieur in India)
32 Extra letter T in wordplay : ADVANCE – TAD (a little, without the T) + VAN (carriage) + CE (church) = ADVANCE -= (move forward)
35 Misprint H ward/hard : SWEAT – anagram of WAS THE leaving out H (Hospital) = SWEAT (hard work)
36 Misprint N stoke/stone : SEED – SEE (spend time with) + D (penny) = SEED (stone)
37 Wordplay short of an I : PITTA – anagram of POTATO (without two Os [start of order]) = PITTA (bread)
39 Misprint N west/nest : DREY – RE about to contained (to invade) DY (Dahomey, old name for Benin) = DREY (squirrel’s nest)
40 Extra letter E in wordplay : CONN – anagram (at seas) of ONCE + N (north) = CONN (steer)
2 Extra letter T in wordplay : ORIOLES – OLES (East Europeans, POLES without P) containing (to eat) TRIo (three without T) = ORIOLES (birds)
3 Wordplay short of an E : BARBE – BARB (horse) = BARBE (Waldensian teacher)
4 Wordplay short of an E : THROE – THRO (clear) = THROE (Shakesperian word for pain)
5 Extra letter N in wordplay : KITTLES – KNITTLES (small lines of twisted yarn) = KITTLES (creates)
6 Extra letter H in wordplay : ETUIS – Anagram (mistakenly) of SHE without the H, conatining (keeps) TUI (honey guide) =ETUIS (small boxes)
7 Misprint U feel/fuel : PEAT – P(power) +EAT (destroy) = PEAT (fuel)
8 Wordplay short of an N : ATONIC – Anagram (wild) of COATI = ATONIC (relaxed)
9 Misprint D lana/land : MALI – ISLAM (religion without S [sabbath]) reversed (rejected) = MALI (African country)
10 Wordplay short of an R : PRICE – SPICE (for example, mace) without S (shilling) = PRICE (cost of)
17 Wordplay short of an E : RUNE – RUN (diffuse) = RUNE (spell)
19 Wordplay short of aa D : WIDE – WISE (Scottish word for guide without S (succeeded)) = WIDE (wily)
21 Extra letter A in wordplay : SOMEWHY – Anagram (haphazardly) of HE MAY SOW = SOMEWHY (for one reason or another)
23 Misprint N wail/nail : KIN (catty) containing (about) TARE (weight) reversed = KERATIN (substance in tusks and nails)
26 Extra letter D in wordplay : INVERT – anagram (out) of T (tenor) and DRIVEN = INVERT (homosexual)
28 Misprint T boar/boat : CASCO – CA (Central America) + S (Southern) + CO (Columbia) = CASCO (boat/barge)
29 Extra letter W in wordplay : ACUTE – WATER (rain without R [right]) containing (drenched by) CU (copper)= ACUTE (keen)
30 Misprint E jolly/jelly : ASPIC – A (second letter of sailor) +SPIC (a member of a Mediterranean race) = ASPIC (jelly)
31 Extra letter L in wordplay : SETTO – LETT (Latvian) contained in (engaged in) SO (such an) = SET TO (argument)
33 Misprint V liking/living : DEAD – HEAD (place of honour with D [diamonds] for H [hearts]) = DEAD (not living)
34 Extra letter E in wordplay : NEAR – RAN (slipped) reversed (back) = NEAR (almost)
If that is an even number of each clue/answer treatment then I will be amazed, but you get the idea I’m sure.
There’s probably the odd typo in here as well – sorry!