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Inquisitor 1133 – Right(?) by Lato

Posted by duncanshiell on July 15th, 2010


The preamble told us that single extra letters indicated by wordplay in 25 clues spell out part of a quotation whose missing ingredients are exemplified in the 10 thematic answers.  In the prevailing spirit of harmony, clues for the thematic items were mixed, comprising a definition of one thematic answer and wordplay for another.  Solvers had to highlight the one unclued entry which describes the quotation.

I started this one by solving a number of normal clues and then looking for obvious wordplay in the thematic clues.

I got the end of the quotation first with CO-EXIST and PEACEFULLY becoming apparent.  A little bit of Googling threw up the wisdom of George W Bush and his assertion in a speech at Saginaw, Michigan in September 2000 that I KNOW THE HUMAN BEING AND THE FISH CAN CO-EXIST PEACEFULLY.  The ten thematic answers were all words or phrases comprising a human being and a fish as follows:

Answer (in normal grid order) Human Being Fishr
JACK THE LAD THE LAD JACK (tropical fish)
CHARLADY LADY CHAR (small fish of the salmon family)
GELID GEL ID (fish of the same family as the carp)
GALLING GAL LING (fish of the cod family)
CISCO KID KID CISCO (any of several salmonoid fish found in the Great Lakes)
BODGED BOD GED (pike or luce)
T’AI CHI CHI (an individual person’s life force) TAI (sea bream)


The ingredients THE HUMAN BEING AND THE FISH were omitted from the quotation spelt out by the 25 extra letters.

I have managed to parse all the clues except for the wordplay for the thematic entry NURSEMAID ‘one romping with dames after work’.  SEMAID seems to be ‘one romping with dames’, but I can’t relate NUR to ‘work’.  I am sure someone will explain it to me.   NUR used to be the acronym for the National Union of Railwaymen (but now RMT  is the union for all but drivers).  NUR also means ‘a knot on a tree’ or ‘a hard ball of wood’  Perhaps I am parsing it completely wrong.

The clues were not too difficult.  None really stood out, but neither did any grate. I solved the puzzle in one sitting – in under two hours.  A pleasant two hours.

I suspect the title RIGHT(?) is just an expression of puzzlement as to what the phrase actually means.  There are attempts at deciphering it on the Web, some more amusing than others.

The remaining unclued entry, another Across entry was BUSHISM which describes the quotation, as required.

No. Definition Wordplay Wordplay answer Wordplay for Definition at Clue
A NURSEMAID (childminder) LEG (on [reference ‘on’ side in cricket] reversed (up) containing (looking after) anagram of (rebellious) TEEN GENTEEL H
B CHARLADY (daily) MANY (a lot) containing (captured) RA (soldiers) MAN RAY G
C T’AI CHI (Chinese system of exercise) Anagram of (working) DOG contained in (in) BED (pit, slang) BODGED D
D BODGED (clumsily mended) GE (Georgia) + LID (hat) GELID I
E GALLING (annoying) CHARLES (Prince [Charles] excluding (out)E [East] and S [South – points {of the compass} + AD (notice; advert] + Y (yard)] CHARLADY B
F CISCO KID (Western hero – Television series 1950s) J (judge) + (anagram of HAD [excluding the final letter D {almost}] and TACKLED) JACK THE LAD J
G MAN RAY (photographer – born Emmanuel Radnitzky- avant-garde photographer) NUR (I don’t understand why this is clued as ‘work’) + (anagram of [romping] I [one] and DAMES) NURSEMAID A
H GENTEEL (respectable) anagram of (cleverly) SICKO contained in (caught by) CID (police) CISCO KID F
I GELID (very cold) G and G (Germans) containing (outside) ALL IN (knacjkred) GALLING E
J JACK THE LAD (cocky youngster) C (about) contained in (to enter) anagram of (drunk) HAITI T’AI CHI C


No. Extra Letter Wordplay (showing extra letter) Entry
9 I FAIR (directly, as in ‘hit fair in the centre) FAR (removed)
12   Reversed (rejected) hidden word (from) IZMIR ONE’S   NORI (seaweed)
14 K KIRK (church) + MAN (employee) KIRMAN (a type of Persian rug or carpet)
16   NAG (horse) reversed (backed) + T (first letter of [first to show] THAT) GANT (Scottish [at Ayr] for yawn [show sign of tiredness])
17 N LORN (archaic [no longer] word for lost) + A (advanced) + N (new) LORAN (long range radio navigation system)
18 O SHOUT (call for a round of drinks) SHUT (bar)
19 W WHORE (prostitute, obliging lady) containing (entertaining) S (second) HORSE (cavalry)
21 C Hidden word in (exposes) RAIL CLERK ILL(crook)
22   MG (brand of car) containing (in) ( A [accepted] + GO [stake]) MAGOG (giant, reference Gog and Magog)
25 A Anagram of (upsetting) HATE + E (English) THEE (you)
26 N Anagram of (run) ONE CAN OCEAN (a huge area)
28 C CA (California) + INC (inclusive) CAIN (tribute)
30 O Anagram of  (hit) VETORRI (reference Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricket captain) TRIVET (stand)
32   Sounds like (reported) GRAZE (minor scrape) GRAYS (Essex town)
33   Anagram of (fights with) MIKE A CAT KAMACITE (a variety of nickeliferous iron found in meteorites)
35 E E (European) + DIET (Parliament) EDIT (correct)
36 X DUX (leader) + D (daughter) DUD (useless)
37 I Anagram of (seduced) LAD I MARRIED RED ADMIRAL (a common butterfly, Vanessa Atalanta)


No. Extra Letter Wordplay Entry
1   JOCK (Scotsman) + IS + H (hot) JOCKISH (athletic)
2   APISH (silly) with the H (Henry) moving upwards (it’s a down clue – gets promoted) APHIS (plant louse – bad for plants)
3   CAR (carriage) containing (obstructing) Z (zone) CZAR (king)
4   ERM (expression of doubt) contained in (stops) KIT (Christopher) KERMIT (Ref Kermit the Frog who is green in colour)
5 S Part of (interrupted) HOSANNA HOA (cry)
6 T TENDING (watching over) ENDING (close)
7 P PLAY (work) + STALL (bay) LAYSTALL (obsolete [old], place for depositing dung)
8   Anagram of  (round) RALLY containing (to keep) G (government) ARGYLL (Region of Scotland)
9 E FRIGHT (panic) containing (O [old] + LEK [Albanian currency]) FOLKRIGHT (the common law or right of the people)
10 A RAIDING (attacking) RIDING (former division of Yorkshire)
11   PRAGUE (capital of Czech republic) with R (right) replaced by L (left – other side) PLAGUE (annoy)
13   RIG (fix) + A RIGA (capital of Latvia)
15 C ZO (cross between a male yak and a horned cow) + LAC (an indefinitely vast number in India) ZOLA (reference Emile Zola, writer)
20 E SHAME (what a disgrace!) SHAM (false)
23 F FINESSE (expertise) IN ESSE (existing)
24 U MAUL (manhandle) + AGA (chief) MALAGA (port in Spain)
27   CARDIGAN (reference Lord Cardigan, leader of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, excluding the second four letters [not half]) CARD (an eccentric person)
29 L PELT (hide) + RA (artist) PETRA (old city in Jordan)
31 L VILER (increasingly nasty) VIER (rival)
34 Y MAY (month) containing D (Deutschland, Germany) MAD (crazy)

8 Responses to “Inquisitor 1133 – Right(?) by Lato”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Yes, this was an excellent puzzle, thanks for the blog, Duncan, it took me a good bit longer to solve than you took. All v good fun. I’d not heard the quote, but it was easy to find on the Internet. Must have been quite difficult to find 10 words to go with the theme.

  2. HolyGhost says:

    I too have a problem with NURSEMAID. All I could think of was that RUN = “work” with a missing indication of ‘up’ or ‘rev.’

    And I think that the Human Being in T’AI CHI isn’t chi^2 but chi^3 = “same as chai^1” = “fem. of chal” = “a person [Romany]”.

  3. Mike Laws says:

    HolyGhost is right again.

    The clue was intended to read “… after work’s over” (apologies for omission), and CHI was indeed the Romany female person.

    What does the quote mean? That Dubya wrote bits of his speeches, I suppose.

  4. Hi of Hihoba says:

    I thought this was a brilliant crossword! I didn’t get the theme until after solving virtually all the clues, and had a really good laugh at the end! I found it more difficult than Duncan, but very rewarding.
    I found this quote among the Bushisms which might explain the title.
    “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right.” –Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001

  5. Lato says:

    Thanks for the blog and comments. Apologies for the missing reversal indicator.

    Duncan’s right about the question mark in the title. It’s hard to think of a circumstance where you might feel the need to say this.

  6. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Duncan and Lato.
    I enjoyed this immensely,as it was just about the right level of difficulty for me.It took me a bit longer than 2 hours but I did spend a fair bit of time looking for the quotation in various dictionaries(I’ll only use Google as a last resort).Could only shake my head in wonder when I found the quote, by the one time,most powerful man in the world!
    Thanks as well Mike for clearing up the “nursemaid” issue – I remember a few weeks back an e mail address was published alongside the puzzle and you kindly said you would let us solvers know if there was a mistake in a puzzle.Like a fool I didn’t make a note of it.Any chance of posting it here?

  7. Mike Laws says:

    No problem, since

    “Solvers may e-mail queries and comments to [email protected] at any time.”

    appears at the end of the entry details under the grid every week in the magazine.

  8. Scarpia says:

    Thamks Mike – I never read the entry details as I only tackle the puzzle for fun.

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