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Inquisitor 1152: Tirade by Loda

Posted by HolyGhost on November 24th, 2010

HolyGhost.

Midnight Saturday, guests have all gone home or gone to bed … time to pour a whisky and have a look at the crossword.
 
Ten unclued thematic entries (5 pairs); first letters of redundant words exemplify the theme which must be highlighted in the completed grid.

Things were going well, but I called it a day, then finished off on Sunday morning.

The letters were spelling words such as DAMN, JESUS, SHOOT, GOD, all interjections expressing anger, disgust, etc., in other words a Tirade. Two unclued entries appeared to be BANBURY and MALTESE, both associated with cross, so that was clearly the theme. I’d had my eye on the middle row for a while (all letters unchecked, so a prime candidate for something hidden in the grid), but when nothing was emerging I turned to the diagonal … and TEN CROSS WORDS stood out.

These are: DAMN, BLIMY, RATS, JESUS, DRAT, SHOOT, HELL, GOD, BLAST, and DASH. The unclued thematic pairs are: ANGRY, IRATE; FORD, BRIDGE; KINGS, BANBURY; HYBRID, MONGREL; MALTESE, ROOD.

Not sure what the ‘extra value’ in the rubric means – ten crosswords for the price of one?
And, as a Listener friend commented, I should check the other diagonal for highlighting – that would’ve produced an X, referencing both TEN and CROSS – nothing doing.

[XYZ]! = homophone.

Across
No. Answer
(thematic entry)
Extra
word
Wordplay
1 TABLET Draper TAB (=bill) + LET (=hired out)
5 BENEATH Armpit ENE (=even) in BATH (=wash)
9 ANGORA Mobile Hidden: (r)ANG ORA(nge)
ANGRY
10 ERNE Nuts Double definition (=pine, Spenser; bird of prey)
11 ROMAGE Bankruptcy [MORE]* around AG (=silver)
12 BOBCAT Leash BOB (=dock) + CAT (=whip)
13 NUDER Icier NU (=character) + RED (=colour) rev.
14 AQUARIA Marinas A(dvanced) + QUA (=in the capacity of) + RIA (=drowned valley)
18 LILAC Yelled CALL (=ring) rev. around I (=one)
21 CURCH Room’s CHURCH (=ecclesiastical) – H(ot)
23 OPTS Adjudicator POST (=after) each half rev.
FORD
26 BRIO Tolerant B(ritish) + RIO (=city)
27 GIES Sportsman Double definition (=provides, Scots; judo costumes)
28 ELOIN Juice (slic)E + LOIN (=meat …)
KINGS
29 SEWINGS Eagle SE(a) + WINGS (=soars)
IRATE
33 GOOGLE Sex GO (=give access to) + OGLE (=letch)
35 PERSON Ugandan PEAR (=fruit) – A(ccepted) + SON (=native)
36 ARAR Seen Hidden: (afric)A RAR(ely)
37 GAINS Dollars [SAVING – V (=five)]*
38 LOATHE Receiving O(scar) in LATHER (=agitated state) – R(ight)
39 EMITTED Anoraks [TIME]* + TE (=note) + D(ate)
40 WHALES Train [WALES]! (=north of the Bristol Channel)
Down
No. Answer
(thematic entry)
Extra
word
Wordplay
1 TIEBACK Sew BACK (=agree to) after TIE (=neckwear)
2 AERO Henry A(c)E R(o)O(t)
BANBURY
3 EGGAR Orange EG (=for example) + GAR (=fish)
4 TORT Outfit TROT (=line) rev.
5 BROD Tacking B(ook) + ROD (=gun)
6 NAAN Horse NAN (=old lady) around A(merican)
7 ENGULFS Everyone [FLUNG]* in E’S (=drugs)
8 TREE Lounger (fron)T + REE (=yard)
HYBRID
MALTESE
15 QUIRK Livery QUICK (=without delay) with R (=recipe, take) for C(orps)
16 IONISES Group [NOISIEST – T(ime)]*
17 APSES Operation [PASSE(d)]*
19 ISLE Danish IS (=lives) + L(ancashire)E
20 CRAIG Broken Double definition (=neck, Scots; cliff, Scots)
22 HOGG Lauren H(elp) O(ot) G(orgeous) G(irl)
{Jacob (=sheep), hogg (=young sheep)}
24 CONTENT Another C(harlie) + ON (=getting tipsy) + TENT (=red wine)
MONGREL
25 INSERTS Sanatorium [SISTERS + (edmonto)N]*
BRIDGE
30 WORTH Terrible WORT (=vegetable, rare) + H(earts)
31 ROAM Denied MA(y)OR (=council official) rev.
32 ERST Allowed [REST]*
ROOD
33 GNAW Sachs RANG (=phoned) rev. with W for R
{“rhotacise” & “velarise” are both suggested as meaning “to pronounce R as W”}
34 LADE Hands [DEAL]*

 

6 Responses to “Inquisitor 1152: Tirade by Loda”

  1. Hi of Hihoba says:

    I enjoyed this, though Ba was concerned about the blasphemy! Nicely clued and several required some serious thought.
    Was I alone in finding that three “unchecked” letters in the phrase “BARRY . . GO” were actually mutually cross-checked, meaning that I had three letters left over (Y, D and I) after the elimination of the unchecked?

  2. Mike Laws says:

    My attitude is that where unclued words cross each other, the letters in those squares are effectively unchecked, so I didn’t see it as an error in Loda’s preamble. In addition, leaving the unclued words untinted helps the solver check letter-counts, thereby confirming which squares contain the letters in the phrase.

  3. anax says:

    Coming to this blog fairly late – but would just like to declare this is the second Inquisitor I’ve tackled and solved! I’m chuffed with 2 out of 2 (which is a double whammy really – it means I’ve solved the puzzle and understood the preamble).

    As for the way the unchecked letters were presented, I always understood it was rule anyway that thematic cross-checking answer cells had to be included in the ‘list’, so I wasn’t thrown by that. I was thrown entirely by some of the wordplay though, so many thanks to HG for clearing them up.

  4. Simon Harris says:

    Enjoyed this puzzle a lot; Inquisitor is still my favourite of them all.

    I agree with Mike re unchecked squares (though I suspect you meant “effectively checked”?) I’ll admit to a small double-take, but it all added up quite swiftly.

    Many thanks to HolyGhost for the excellent blog.

  5. Simon Harris says:

    Sorry, disregard that rather presumptuous correction. I was thinking of a different, later, puzzle where the opposite situation may have applied.

  6. scarpia says:

    Thanks HolyGhost.
    I also looked at the other diagonal,it would have given a really nice finish to the puzzle if Loda could have worked that in!( I don’t ask for much do I?) :)
    Thought this was another super puzzle in the Inquisitor series,just about the right level of difficulty for me.

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