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Inquisitor 157: Subtitle by Ikela

Posted by kenmac on January 8th, 2010

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Inquisitor 157

Is there a conspiracy?  My turn to blog and there’s no magazine, again!  Still, thanks to a fellow blogger, I appropriated a copy. :-) Though I don’t feel I can submit my entry since it’s not on the original paper :-(

Once again, the preamble made little sense at first but since there was no mention of extra letters or suchlike, it was on to the process of solving.

There are 20 one-word definition-only clues to 10 otherwise unclued entries, which we can ignore for the moment.  The normal clues presented one or two challenges but all came well in the end. Once the normal clues were solved, it was on to the task of solving the thematics; we were told that there are two linked groups. It turns out that one group of words could be succeeded by BOX and the other group could be succeeded by DAY, further the “DAY” words had to be placed inside the “BOX” words.  So, it seems that the BOX contained DAY, or to put it another way, the DAY words were BOXed in by the BOX words, leading to the two words BOXING DAY. The puzzle was published on Boxing Day (or St. Stephen’s Day as they say round here.) Also, I thought it was quite nice to see that the thematic entries were all symetrical.

Thematic clues:

Clue

Answer
- BOX/RED
DAY/BLUE

Position
in Grid

bomb EGG row 4
background FIELD col 13
tackle GEAR row 1
capacity HAT
I wasn’t entirely happy with this (capacity=cap=HAT??)
col 13
dance HEY row 4
reserve ICE row 9
dance JUKE col 1
spring LEAP col 9
suit MATCH row 12
month MAY col 4
celebrity NAME row 9
away OFF row 4
liable OPEN row 12
dismissed OUT row 9
stake PEG col 10
flower POPPY row 1
scrap RAG row 9
flatter SOAP col 4
clean WASH col 1
colour WINE row 4
Across

No.

Entry

Wordplay

1 JOSH Double def: JOSHua
(book of bible)
9 MANGAL MAN
(chap)+GAL[a]
(festival)
10 EBRO Hidden word thE
BRO
ads.
EBRO is Spain’s most voluminous river – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebro.
11 KEY
IN
Def: type KE[a]+YIN
(Scottish for one.)  I thought this was a great clue – very
misleading definition. :-)
12 MOOLVIE MOOL
(loom rev.)+VIE
(rival.) This isn’t in Chambers although several variations are
(mullah, moolah, mollah or molla.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moolvie
14 CLOP C
(about)+LOP
(cut)
16 SLUSHY S[a]Y
containing LUSH
(drunk)
17 COPITA COP
(obtain)+IT
(the very thing)+A[ntique]
18 HABOOB HA[ve]+BOOB
(blunder)
21 LOG
OFF
LOGO
(design)+FF
(very loud)
23 SURE Double def. SURE
is an old word for sewer.
26 GRUYERE URGE
(anag) containing YE+R(ector)
27 BASEL BASE
(bottom)+L(ine)
28 AIDA AID
(help)+A(mateur)
29 UNIQUE UNI(versity)+QUE
(what in Spanish)
30 MEET Double def. MEET means qualified
according to Billy Shakespeare.
Down

No.

Entry

Wordplay

2 O’NEILL ONE
(joke)+ILL
(peevish)
3 HAIFA HAI[l]+FA
(football association: British teams)
4 EGENCY [r]EGENCY
minus R (king)
5 PAMELA PAM
(the Jack in the game of  loo)+E-LA
(highest note in church music)
6 POOH-POOH POOH
(bear) twice
7 ARIGHT A+RIGHT
(title)
8 ROEG GORE (anag) Nicolas Roeg is a film
director I’ve never heard of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Roeg
9 MYOTUBE E
(base)+BUM
(scrounger) containing TOY
(plaything) (all reversed)
13 PHOSGENE HOPES
(anag) containing GEN
(information)
15 DIOCESE DOC
(medic) containing I
(one)+SEE
(anag.) DIOCESE is a city area. A nice confusing clue since DIOCESE is
also a SEE and also contains most of the letters of MEDIC.
19 ANURIA AIA
(nursemaid) containing RUN
(rev.)
20 ORIENT def: EAST OT
(occupational therapy) containing RIEN
(of nothing in Paris)
21 LENTIC CLIENT
(anag)
22 FACETE FACE
(confront)+T[i]E
(obligation)
24 IMAUM I
(one)+MUM
(silence) containing A[gonise]
25 OGAM O(ld)+GAM
(school)

7 Responses to “Inquisitor 157: Subtitle by Ikela”

  1. HolyGhost says:

    HAT for ‘capacity’ was the last definition that I confirmed. Chambers has “wear several hats, wear another hat, etc to act in several capacities, another capacity, etc.”

  2. Mike Laws says:

    HAT = capacity.

    Chambers gives: “wear several hats, wear another hat, etc – to act in several capacities, another capacity, etc.”

    Eg, a solver who also sets might say “I’d never use this sort of clue myself, but in my solver’s hat, I find it perfectly acceptable.”

  3. Mike Laws says:

    Sorry, HolyGhost, you key in quicker than me!

  4. RayFolwell says:

    The closing date of this was given as 31 December. i.e 5 days after publication, rather than the usual 12. Similarly, last week’s Inquisitor gave 7 January as the closing date. Is this a change in policy or an oversight?
    We usually tackle these at leisure over a few days, it’s a bit of a rush to get it in the post that quickly.

  5. nmsindy says:

    I’ve not gone back to check, but I think Mike Laws commented earlier on this issue explaining that it was a mistake.

  6. Mike Laws says:

    In spite of what has appeared in print for 157 and 1107, and will be doing for 1108 in the morning, entries have been, and will be accepted within the usual time-frame.

    And Ken, when I phoned about the acceptability of entries not on the original newsprint, the magazine editor said “I don’t suppose anyone will give a …” before he was stuck for a word. I leave you to speculate what it might have been!

  7. Hihoba says:

    I know this is a bit late, but I would like to register my thoughts on the “hat/capacity” definition. I don’t like the definition at all because the equivalents are “WEAR a hat” = “ACT in a capacity”. To me this does not imply that a hat is a capacity. The phrases are equivalent not the words. Does it also follow that “act” can be used as a definition for “wear”? I rationalised the clue by the thought that a hatful was enough to fill a hat, but I still think this is sloppy. There were other definitions that would have done a better job, e.g. cap!

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