Posted by kenmac on February 12th, 2010
When I learned that The Inquisitor numbers were changing to what they would
have been if they had gone sequentially from 1, I wondered if the editor had
something up his sleeve for 1111 and I wasn’t disappointed.
Once again we had separate thematic clues and a confusing preamble. Since
there were no extra letters and suchlike, it was on to solving the normal clues
first. On solving 6a, 8, 12 and 13, I saw that we had LEGS (in the 12th
column), coupled with the tenth thematic it looked like we were looking for
eleven somehow. Then when I saw BLA_E_ appearing in row 2 which brought forth
BLAKES seven. Aha, it looks like we need VII but wait, how does that fit in
with LEGS, is it 10+1 or something? A little later, the penny dropped .
Of course, we are looking for binary. In case any readers don’t understand
binary, in any binary number all digits must be 0 or 1, the rightmost digit
represents 2^0 = 1, the next digit to the left represents 2^1 = 2, the next is
2^2 = 4, then 2^3 = 8. So in a 4-digit binary number with all bits set to 1,
the maximum value (1111) is (8×1)+(4×1)+(2×1)+(1×1)=15 and 0111 =
(8×0)+(4×1)+(2×1+(1×1)=7. And usually, we don’t bother writing leading zeros.
Therefore, the numbers 1 to 15 are: 1, 10, 11, 100, 101, 110, 111, 1000, 1001,
1010, 1011, 1100, 1101, 1110, 1111.
OK, so we have to miss out 3 binary numbers from the thematics. The preamble
says “one” didn’t get changed. Another “unfortunately” didn’t fit, so that’s
(unlucky for some) 13. And the “last” must be highlighted. It turns out that
the thematic clues were nicely in order, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
14. When it came to the last one, I did wonder for a while if the number was
going to be Fifteen O’s but in the end there were 16 zeros in
the completed grid. So it looks like what we had to do was highlight the number
of the puzzle.
There was one answer I didn’t understand – 28 BAHIA and there were two
errors in the lengths specified for the thematics. The first one should be 8
and the last should be 10.
|2||10||Theft of cars||CC (cricket club)+ING (meadow)||TWOCCING|
|3||11||Rebuked Northern||PIT (mine)||THREEPIT|
|4||100||Wild laughter||IRE (rage)||FOU RIRE|
|5||101||Greeting||HIGH (elated)||HIGH FIVE|
|6||110||Cowboy’s weapon||GUN[K] (sticky stuff)||SIX GUN|
|7||111||SF TV series||LAKE (Superior) inside BE (Bahamas)||BLAKES SEVEN|
|8||1000||Map ref||SPOT (mark)+H(otel)||SPOT HEIGHT|
|9||1001||Dog||CA ([chartered] accountant)||CANINE|
|10||1010||Giant from the past||E(nglish)||ETEN|
|11||1011||Bingo call||GELS (anag)||LEGS ELEVEN|
|12||1100||&lit Mood of Arnold’s music?||TONE (mood)||TWELVETONE|
|14||1110||Line in verse||ER (Queen)||FOURTEENER|
|1||OATH||[L]OATH[E] (the French going)|
|4||VOID||VO (very old)+ID (card)|
|6||JHALA||J(ack)+H(enry)+ALA (in the style of)|
|8||IDEE||I (one)+DEE[D] (unfished exploit)|
|9||LORY||[G]LORY “no more” = dead (a la Monty Python) = beheaded|
|10||EMIR||E(astern)+MIR (farming commune)|
|12||GAGE||G(overnment)+AGE (become mature)|
|17||SEC||Double definition mo[ment] – dry|
|18||AILIE||AI (A1 = first class)+LIE (story)|
|19||ORTHO||Hidden word: pORTHOle|
|21||EOS||E(nglish)+OS (oversize=very large)|
|23||OUNCE||[P]OUNCE – P (weight – not sure )|
|28||BAHIA||HI (greeting) inside BAA (bleat). Bahia is a Brazilian state not
Israeli. What’s going on?
|29||ATOCIA||ATOC (skunk)+IA (sloth (AI) reversed)|
|32||SORI||Hidden word: galaxieS ORIginally|
|33||LONG||Double definition: LONG dozen – another name for baker’s dozen.
Account of (locally) – surely it’s ON ACCOUNT OF.
|34||BEHN||H(ard) inside BEN (Johnson) – Aphra Behn was an English dramatist|
|38||ASHY||SH (quiet) inside AY (always)|
|1||OBLIGE||BLOG+IE (that is, briefly) (anag)|
|2||ALOO||ALOO[F] – fellow|
|3||TARO||[B]ORAT (reversed) (Sacha) Baron (Cohen)’s character. Not too sure
that Baron’s entirely valid here.
|5||DIRAC||I inside CARD (caution – as in yellow card in football)|
|7||AEETES||TEE (support) inside SEA (marine) (all reversed)|
|14||ALEPH||ALE (beer)+PH (public house)|
|16||MOSSO||[KATE] MOSS+O (ring)|
|20||TEWIN||WET (damp) (reversed)+IN|
|22||STASIS||STASI (secret police)+S(on)|
|24||TANNOY||ANN (favoured girl) inside TOY (flirt)|
|27||RALPH||A(merican)+LP (album) inside RH (right hand)|
|28||BIGHT||Sounds like BITE (take the bait)|
|31||UH-OH||rUsH bOtH. Couldn’t see it in Chambers|