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Inquisitor 1196: Seriously … by Loda

Posted by kenmac on October 5th, 2011

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There are four unclued answers, all fairly long, and all made up of multiple words. It seems that our setter, Loda, takes these four phrases seriously. Then there are six symmetrically placed answers that have to be thematically altered in one of three ways. Remaining clues have an extra word, the first letters of which, give the source of the theme.
As so often seems to happen, with me anyway, I solved this one largely from the bottom up. This ensured that I spotted the originator of the piece fairly early. Once I’d found him, the rest was pretty much plain sailing.
So, the initial letters reveal THE POLITICS OF ECSTASY
BY
TIMOTHY LEARY. This leads to the quote:

MY ADVICE TO PEOPLE TODAY IS AS FOLLOWS: IF YOU TAKE THE GAME OF LIFE SERIOUSLY, IF YOU TAKE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM SERIOUSLY, IF YOU TAKE YOUR SENSE ORGANS SERIOUSLY, IF YOU TAKE THE ENERGY PROCESS SERIOUSLY, YOU MUST TURN ON, TUNE IN, AND DROP OUT.

so the four unclued answers are (a1)SENSE ORGANS, (a2)ENERGY PROCESS, (e2)GAME OF LIFE and (a12)NERVOUS SYSTEM. And the six thematic answers were: ON was TURNed to NO in 6a & 36a, AIR (TUNE) was placed IN 17a & 28a and OUT was DROPped from 21a & 24a.

Thanks Loda and I’m glad to see you take those four things seriously, as do I ;-)

Across
No. Answer Entry Extra Word Letter Definition Wordplay
1 STRAUSS TENT T Andrew
and Richard eg
ART (trick) (rev: flipping)
inside SUSS (find out)
6 FONDUE FNODUE Sauce of cheese and wine FOUND (anag: out)+[bordelais]E
(finally
13 SHAH HALF H Eastern king [i]S (not half)+HAH[a] (a laugh
cut)
14 MOTTE EARTH E Tumulus OTT (too much) inside ME (note)
15 SIRE PIGEONS P Father [p]ERIS[hed] (hidden: some)
(rev: going westwards)
16 EERIE OPTIMISTIC O Unsettling EER (ever)+IE (that’s)
17 DIES DAIRIES Suffers DIES[el] (the (in Spanish))
19 SKIDDER LAUNCH L One failing to control motor KIDD
(pirate) inside SER(ies)
21 ROUTING RING Roaring (Scottish) (double def) Going to receptions
22 FLITS INTERNATIONAL I Transfers LIFTS (centre: F forward to
leader)
24 SOUTARS SARS Cobblers (Scottish: to Ian) UT(ah) inside SOARS (flies high)
25 GNARLED TRAPPER T Rugged RANG (called) (rev: back)+LED
(was the first one)
28 GLED GLAIRED Kite (up north) [tan]GLED (beat off)
30 VETCH IRON I Plant VET (investigate)+CH
(Switzerland)
31 NADA CAT C Nothing N[e]A[r]D[e]A[d] (odd letters)
33 FOLIE SCIENTIST S Madness (to French) O(xygen) inside LIFE (anag:
active)
35 DATA OVERDUE O Computer’s input A TAD (little) (rev: regressive)
36 BRONZE BRNOZE Third-rate BR(idge)+ZONE (anag: for
redevelopment)
37 ETCHERS FREQUENTLY F They eat out CHEERS+T(ourist) (anag: cook)

Down
No. Entry Extra Word Letter Definition Wordplay
2 REGARD ESSAY E Consider R(ule)+GRADE (anag: wrong)
3 ARCHING COLLEGE C Bending over backwards CHIN (feature) inside RAG (anag:
bending)
4 SYNODAL SKINT S Clergyman’s council payment LADY+SON (anag: supply)
5 SPOT TOKEN T See S(on)+POT (spliff)
6 FRATI APPRECIATE A Friars FR(equently)+AT (100th of a KIP
(Laos currency))+I (one)
7 OCAS STORE S Edible plants OC (overcharge)+A+S(second)
8 DEFIED YOUNGSTER Y Dared F(emale)+I inside DEED (act)
9 USERS BHANG B Addicts [ab]USERS (they swear) (ignoring
A B(lack))
10 CHEVIN YELLED Y Fish CHE (I in Looe (Cornwall))
11 DERISIVELY TALKING T In a mocking way I (one)+IS+VERY+LED (anag:
astray)
12 MEERSCHAUMS INN I Pipes MEERS (pools) (old: disused)+A(ccepted)
inside CHUMS (friends)
18 ASIDE MILITARY’S M Apart from AIDES (anag: redeployed)
20 ERECTS OPHITIC O Puts up ER (hesitation)+SECT (anag:
strange)
23 TIDIEST TENEMENT T Most orderly DIES (languishes) inside TIT
(bird)
24 SWEDISH HOODIE H Language ED(ucated) inside SWISH (smart)
26 ALDERN YACHT Y Related to the birches AL[a]N (A(dult) replaced by DER
(the in German)
27 STACTE LIT L Old incense ingredient S[mell]+T[errible]+ACT
(turn)+E[nd]
28 GAPER EACH E Mollusc GAP (opening)+E[xtende]R (edges
of)
29 ROGUE ANOTHER A Cheat G(ramme) inside ROUÉ (debauched
man)
32 ARVO REMEMBER R Afternoon (Australian: in Perth) A[s]+[f]R[esh]+[lo]V[ers]+[str]O[king] (progressively)
34 LOSE YOUTH Y Fail LO[o]SE (unattached)
(disheartened)

One Response to “Inquisitor 1196: Seriously … by Loda”

  1. HolyGhost says:

    I have to admit that I didn’t see how the unclued phrases linked with the theme until I read in the blog that they were from a quote by the man we (affectionately) referred to as “Timwy” (owing to his supposed inability to sign his own name when under the influence) – so, thankyou Ken.

    Also, I was a bit surprised (and slightly let down) by the fact that this puzzle had a theme very close to the one used in Inquisitor 43 “NAIRO” (=turn ON, TUNE in), also by Loda, about 4 years ago. Is he forgetful, or hoping that we are?

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