Posted by Hihoba on June 2nd, 2010
My fastest Inquisitor ever. About an hour to solve all the clues. Quick shufti in Google to find the quotation attribution. Short pause to mow the lawn, then search for “directions”. Find them, remember my Shakespeare and search in a NNW direction. Done!
A beautifully constructed puzzle. There were no comments on MynoT’s two previous offerings about his clues, but I found these easy by normal Inquisitor standards.
The quotation is “By indirections find directions out” from Hamlet, referring to the play within a play. So we were to search for directions. Only after I found them did I realise that they started “in” and finished “out” according to the quotation. So the four inner blank squares were NESW (clockwise) and reading outwards from them diagonally you can find NORTH EAST SOUTH and WEST, North being the diagonal from the centre to the top right square. The other quote from Hamlet is the well known hawk/handsaw quote: “I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” So if you look just to the west of north on the grid you will find MAD proceeding by knights moves and pointing NNW. [The M is between W and N, the A above the G of ERG and the D is the D in square 7D.] This is the three letter word to be highlighted. To cap it all Thelma, the title of the crossword = mad Hamlet . Excellent.
Ba noted that the four outer squares are occupied by the letter T. This is probably just a coincidence, but there may be some deeper meaning (other than the fact that the four directions happen to have T as their fourth letter).
Two bars and one clue number were misplaced – 11A should have a bar to end its 3 letter length and 35A should start (preceded by a symmetrical bar) one square to the right.
|1||RED + ACTED|
|8||ECHE – Shakespearian form of eke|
|11||EMS (note misplaced bar) – hidden|
|12||TROAD = Spenserian path: TROD round A|
|14||KEN+O – Australian house|
|15||ERG – hidden|
|16||OWCHE – W in OCHE|
|17||STOLE – double meaning|
|18||ESTER – hidden|
|22||ARTEL = Russian guild: ART +EL|
|24||STOPE = Shakespearian for stoup – a holy water vessel – [POETS]*|
|26||NACHO contains chilli - NACH is an alternative for nautch (which is strictly a performance rather than the dancer!) + O|
|27||ARC – A + R.C.|
|34||STEAM – S + [MEAT]*|
|35||SEI = whale – replace X in SEX by I: move the number one square right and insert a bar|
|37||BOTRYOSE = like a bunch of grapes – BOT + Y in ROSE|
|2||EM+MET = tourist in Cornwall|
|4||CYTE = cell – sounds like site|
|5||TIRE – double meaning|
|6||E+NORM = atrocious|
|7||DI+DOES = capers|
|8||ERR – hidden|
|9||HASH+ED = hacked|
|10||EUTERPE = muse – [PU(pp)ETEER]*|
|19||SATISFY - SATI’S is widow’s (same as suttee) + F(amil)Y|
|20||WRAITH – I in WRATH|
|21||ULOSIS = scar formation – [SOIL]* in US|
|23||CREDO – CRED(it) + O|
|25||PIERS – sounds like|
|28||CANT – double meaning – brisk (Scot.) and sale by auction|
|29||AMIR = prince – RIMA (gap between vocal chords) reversed|
|31||TIDE – double meaning – happen (archaic) and trend|
|33||URS ur = er or um to fill a gap in speech – URSON is a porcupine – remove ON (leg side).|