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Inquisitor 120 — 1 Across by Schadenfreude

Posted by Colin Blackburn on April 24th, 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Despite some initial misgivings this turned out to be a straightforward puzzle from Schadenfreude. Quite a few answers seemed to fit and a couple were too short but their first and last letters always fitted. Luckily I managed to get several of the first few down answers and worked out the theme word. It was then just a matter of finding the birds and the remaining theme words.

As ever with Schadenfreude the cluing was clear and unambiguous with some very nice surface readings.

The caught birds are shown in RED.

(XY Z)* anagram
X[Y]Z insertion
X[y]Z deletion
ZYX< reversal
“xyz” homophone

Across
1 BIRD-CATCHER unclued theme word.
9 AMAH A HAM<
10 ANALYSED (E[l]AN SADLY)*
12 NAGARI (AGAIN R)*
14 OPENS dd OS = out size.
16 SPAHEES S[PAH]EE S see = escort, s = head of security.
17 NO-NOES N[ON]OES on = acting
21 RUMINANT RUN T
22 TROCHEES T[HE]ES TES = Times Educational Supplement, a weekly supplement aimed at the pre-18 educational sector.
27 NATURA AUNT* RA
28 RELAPSE RE[LAPS]E
31 PIETA PIE TA a depiction of the Madonna and Child.
32 DEWANI DEW (IN A)<
33 AGREEING A GING
34 GRIN G[R]IN GIRN fitted just as well to start with.
35 CHILDCROWING C HI[L]D ING an ing is a meadow. Fairburn Ings is a lovely RSPB reserve in North Yorkshire
Down
1 BANKNOTE BAN E
2 IMAGOES (IS O)*
3 RAGE R A GE Ge = Gaia, a goddess.
4 CARPER CAR PER Car = Charles (from the latin)
5 TAMP TA[M]P
6 CLOAK C [L] OAK c = coloured.
7 HYPHENATE HYP[AT]E at is one hundredth of a kip.
8 RENEW RE NEW
11 SEESAW SEE SAW see = judged, saw = experienced. Nice use of two meanings of see given that one had already been used in 16a.
13 ISSUER IS SUER
15 MOSCHATEL SOME* L
16 OMENED E in DEMON*
19 STEALING S IN G
20 HOWLER H.E. R H.E. = His or Her Excellency, a title given to an ambassador.
23 SAPEGO SAP EGO
24 URANIN [b]URN burn = cigarette.
25 WEIGH “way”
26 SPAED S PA ED S = saint
29 SAIC (IS A)* C
30 SARI S IRA< Ira is a Hebrew name meaning watchful.

One Response to “Inquisitor 120 — 1 Across by Schadenfreude”

  1. HolyGhost says:

    Not particularly inspired by this one. (And a bit hard to finish while walking the coastal path from the Lizard to Land’s End over Easter without a dictionary.)

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