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Inquisitor 102 – Responsibility by Kruger

Posted by duncanshiell on December 19th, 2008

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I have certainly increased my knowledge of obscure Gods and Goddesses from different mythologies as a result of this puzzle, but am very grateful that I had a copy of the specific reference book identified by the extra letters. Further research showed that relying on Google and Wikipedia alone would not always have thrown up the relevant Gods and Goddesses very quickly.

Solvers were told to show responsibility in five different, but consistent ways (affecting ten entries) to complete the puzzle. As is fairly standard these days, wordplay in each clue yielded an extra letter to reveal, in clue order, a reference, said to be one of very many, that could be of assistance.

I had a bit of difficulty identifying the reference from the letters as I thought that 14 across generated the wrong extra letter such that the start of the reference looked like .AIA..ELE… for a time. This got me thinking about Gaia, Goddess of Earth, which I suppose was appropriate given the theme of the puzzle. I also struggled over the right extra letters in 2 down, where I had BROOS (liquors) as the answer and I as the extra letter for a time, and 32 down where I had CON for ‘cheat’ and therefore N as the extra letter. Eventually it all fell into place and the reference appeared as DAILY TELEGRAPH A TO Z OF ALMOST EVERYTHING. You don’t often see one newspaper advertising a book published by another.

It was immediately obvious where eight of the ten thematic entries were. In these cases the length of the answer to the clue differed from the number of cells available for the entry. The extra two, where the God/Goddess and their responsibility covered the same number of letters, were 24 across and 26 down.

The theme was Gods/Goddesses and what they were responsible for, with the responsibility being replaced by the God.. When the preamble talked about five different but consistent ways, I was expecting to have to amend the thematic entries in five different ways, rather than the one way in which all entries were amended. Five is, in fact, a reference to the five different mythologies or sources of the Gods.

The five sources were Greek, Roman, Hindu, Norse and Egyptian mythology as follows:
BACCHUS Roman God of WINE
EOS Greek Goddess of the DAWN
AGNI Hindu God of FIRE
HEL Norse Goddess of the DEAD
SURYA Hindu God of the SUN
GEB Egyptian God of the EARTH
ARES Greek God of WAR
NUT Egyptian God of the SKY
FREYA Norse Goddess of LOVE
DIANA Roman Godess of the HUNT

I found the cluing generally fair and at times fairly minimalist. The only clue I don’t fully understand is 30 down, EUOI where I have given a couple of alternatives. I am quite willing to believe that neither of those alternatives are right.

Across
No. Letter Answer
Entry

Components of Wordplay

1 D SWINERY
SBACCHUSRY
DINE (eat) contained in (in) (S [front, first letter, of ‘sty’] + WRY [perverse]) = SWINERY (pigs collectively)
10 A PRIZES PRIES (peers) containing (captured in, just the opposite) AZ (Arizona) = PRIZES (spoils of war)
12 I INFO Hidden word (in) reversed (going over) in CgicagO FINIsh = INFO (the American [Chicago] term for Directory Enquiries)
14 A L? CLEAVER CAVER (spelunker) containing (drinking) ALE (beer) = CLEAVER (cracker)
15 Y DAWN RAID
EOSRAID
Reverse of (going over) WAD (lot of money) + N (new) + anagram of (flotation) of DAIRY = DAWN RAID (a stock market operation)
16 T RIBES TRIBES (loose classification) = RIBES (a classification of black and red currants)
17 E TSHI Anagram of (failed) HEIST = TSHI (a people of Ghana)
19 L BEDYE BED (couch) + LYE (alkali) = BEDYE (stain)
21 E ANEARING Anagram of (in a fashion) A GREEN IN A = ANEARING (approaching)
24 G SPITFIRE
SPITAGNI
S (‘is’ briefly) + PIT (put in prison) + anagram of (terrible) GRIEF = SPITFIRE (hot-tempered woman)
25 R DEADEN
HELEN
DEAR (beloved) + DEN (group of Cub Scouts in America) = DEADEN (lessen)
27 A ANTA Hidden word in (of) AN ATAlaya = ANTA (a pilaster, or column)
29 P OBESE OB (by the way) + PES (foot) + E (first letter, first indication of ‘excessive’) = OBESE (fat)
31 H APICIAN APIAN (relating to bees) containing (eating) HIC (this) = APICIAN (luxurious)
33 A INDULIN INDIAN containing (possesses) UL (the first and last letters, extremely, of ‘unusual’) = INDULIN (dye)
34 T INGE TINGE (colour) = INGE (girl’s name)
35 O SUNG
SURYAG
Reverse of (return of) ONUS (responsibility) + G = SUNG (celebrated)
36 Z ORIENTEERS Anagram of (locate) OR SIEZE TERN = ORIENTEERS (users of maps and compasses – a sport enjoyed by at least two of the regular Inquisitor bloggers; Colin is far far better than me!)
Down
No. Letter Answer
Entry
Components of Wordplay
2 O BRIOS Anagram of (unruly) BOORS containing I (first letter, first, of ‘intoxicating’) = BRIOS (spirits)
3 F CZAR Anagram of (bent) odd letters (oddly) of FrAnZ and CaRl = CZAR (ruler)
4 A CECAL ACE (expert) + CAL (initial letters of, starts to, ‘catch’, ‘Amazonian’ and ‘lizards’) = CECAL (with a pouch or bag),
5 L UREDINIA CURED (‘cured’ without [not] C [about]) + I (first letter, initially, of ‘infect’) + anagram of (broken) NAIL = UREDINIA (pustules)
6 M SEAR SMEAR (pour oil onto) = SEAR (catch)
7 O RIVIERA RIO (reference Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United footballer) + VIE (contend) + RA (Royal Academy, artists) = RIVIERA (coastal area)
8 S CLOVEN
CFREYAN
C (conservative) + SLOVEN (dirtily dressed person) = CLOVEN (split)
9 T HOUSEHUNT
HOUSEDIANA
Anagram of (ramshackle) of HUT THE ONUS = HOUSEHUNT (look for new home)
11 E INSHELL Anagram of (awkward)HELEN IS + L (first letter, first to, of ‘leave’) = INSHELL (withdraw)’
13 V METAPHORIC Anagram of (developing) M (male) andVET and P (second letter, second, of ‘operations’) and CHORIA = METAPHORIC (in a manner of speaking)
18 E LIPSALVE LIP (impudent talk) + SEAL (confirm) + VE (first and last letters, both extremes, of ‘vehemence’) = LIPSALVE (flattery)
20 R DIGNITY Anagram of (compound) IGNIT (almost all the letters of ‘ignite’) and DRY = DIGNITY (calm or cool)
22 Y NEAR THING
NGEBING
N (new) + YEAR + anagram of (riotous) NIGHT = NEAR THING (narrow escape)
23 T WARDER
ARESDER
WART (an abusive term for a disliked person) + reverse of (return of) RED = WARDER (guard)
26 H RISKY
RINUT
R (queen) +WHISKY (gig, without (expel) W [women]) = RISKY (dangerous)
28 I TATAR Anagram of (cooked) IT and A RAT = TATAR (one of the tribes of Mongolia)
30 N EUOI E (European) + anagram of (?) UNIO (upfront, or foremost letters of ‘union’) = EUOI (an expression of agitation,; expressing Bacchic frenzy). I am really not sure about the wordplay in this one as I can’t see an anagram indicator to move the I and the O and avoid EUIO. Is ‘expression of agitation’ serving a dual purpose of definition and anagram indicator? As an alternatiive the leading EU could be European Union, but I can’t see how OI fits in, with or without the N that we have to lose.
32 G CORE COG (cheat) + RE (engineers) = CORE (gang)

2 Responses to “Inquisitor 102 – Responsibility by Kruger”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    30d I parsed this as EU (European Union) NO 1 (foremost)

    I’m glad we appear to agree that there is a flaw in 14a.

  2. deadeasy says:

    30d – I agree with Geoff Moss. That’s how I saw it – EU (European Union) plus NOI ( Number 1), with the N contributing to the extra letters.

    It took me a while to grasp the undercurrent behind this – at first, I’d an idea that it might refer to gods of the elements – and it didn’t really fall into place until I realised that BACCHUS was the substitution for WINE in 1ac. But, even then, some of the deistic references were completely new to me. What a marvellous thing the internet is in these circumstances (I don’t have the DT A to Z of Almost Everything).

    The reference to the 5 different mythologies completely passed me by, though I noticed that different mythologies were involved.

    I too am glad that I’m not alone in finding 14ac a bit of a puzzle. I’d realised that Kruger had got the wrong letter, and that threw me for a while in interpreting the “useful reference”. The other thing that threw me was the sequence “HATOZO” – until it sunk in that the central part was “A TO Z”. Once I’d got that (as often happens) I was able to work out the whole phrase before I’d solved all the clues.

    A very clever puzzle. I often feel pleased with myself for solving these puzzles – until it sinks in how clever (and downright devious on occasion) the setters are.

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