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Inquisitor 84 — ‘Twas ever thus? by Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on August 15th, 2008

Colin Blackburn.

This was an oddly coincidental puzzle for me. I bought the paper on my way to Nottingham for an Open University residential school. I spent the week studying mathematical modelling and, in particular, I opted for an assignment looking at the design of louvres for shading windows. I didn’t, though, do the puzzle until after the week of study.

One I got around to solving it was, luckily, a fairly easy puzzle from Phi, very similar in structure to my last blogged puzzle by Quixote. Extra letters in the wordplay of otherwise normal clues spelt out most of a quotation. The quotation suggested a way of completing the three unclued down lights. So, the quotation was:

(‘TIS THE) TIME’S PLAGUE WHEN MADMEN LEAD THE BLIND

This Shakespearean quote led to three entries where a word for madmen preceded a word for blind. In this instance blind referred to a window blind, a louvre!

For the clues I have given the wordplay including the extra letter is given below. I’ve not provided much commentary but I’ll respond to any comments if further explanation is needed.

Theme words
1 COOTS JALOUSIE
5 LOONIES ROLLER
8 CUPCAKES SHADE
Across
1 CROTALA ROT in CAT + LA
6 EPIC IE + PIC
9 OUT OF ORDER (MORE OF TUDOR)*
11 SET-UP SEE + PUT<
13 TENSON TENS(e)+SON
15 SETT (p)ET in ST
16 OSTIA LOST+I+A A from ‘admit’.
17 JOINDER JO+IN+DEAR
18 LENK LEG+NK NK = not known. See the comments below. PENK PEG+NK
19 RECASTING (URGE ACTS IN)*
21 LION LIE+ON
23 BRAVOES BRAW+VOES
24 OFFAL OFF+HALE
25 DUOS SOU(r)ED< the ‘r’ is a ‘hint of reluctance’
28 LAUNCH AN(y) in LUNCH
30 SECAM ACES< + MM a broadcasting system similar to PAL or NTSC.
31 OUTWEIGHED (THE WAGE I)* in DUO<
32 EATH (d)EATH
33 ORNETTE NETT in MORE Ornette Coleman is a jazz musician.
Down
2 RUPEE RUE+PEE
3 TOSS TONS+S
4 AFFORDABLE LORD in AFFABLE
6 EDEN NEEDE(d)<
7 PETITE AIT in PETE AIT is an island
10 UNTIE IT< in DUNE
12 USING (r)USTING I think this is right though I got the answer from the definition and checking letters.
14 PORTAKABIN PORT+A+HK+A BIN brand name for a temporary portable building system. Often used for temporary extensions or building site offices.
19 RIFLE R+I FLEE
20 NOUNY O in BUNNY*
22 OFFCUT O+FF+CULT
26 OCTET beriOCITETroubles
29 MATH MAN+TH(e) US spelling indicated.
29 URGE RG in DUE Really Gross.

4 Responses to “Inquisitor 84 — ‘Twas ever thus? by Phi”

  1. Duncan Shiell says:

    I had PENK for 18 across, from PEG for LEG as I couldn’t find LENK in any dictionary (Chambers, SOED or Collins). PENK is in Chambers as equivalent to the 8th meaning of PINK (a minnow or samlet).

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Duncan, thanks for the correction. It’s lucky I don’t submit these things! I did know that LENK was wrong and PENK was right but I left the L in the grid from an initial bad guess. That got penned in when I tidied up the grid and then as it fitted the wordplay I managed to write it up with no problems!

  3. HolyGhost says:

    Did this on the plane to Delhi, and managed all except PENK.

    OSTIA is plural of OSTIUM but as the clue was singular I assume that the reference is to the old Roman port.

  4. Colin Blackburn says:

    Sorry, I can’t help any further with OSTIA as I no longer have the hard copy and I don’t recall the clue.

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