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Inquisitor 1207: A First Centenary by Schadenfreude

Posted by kenmac on December 21st, 2011


Inquisitor 1207

An unusually shaped grid this time. Also, it turns out, some of the bars and borders were missing from the published grid, which is a shame. On inspection, the grid is actually 13×13 with 8 squares missing. A quick email to our editor and I had a proper copy of the grid:

OK, so the preamble tells us that we need to remove two letters from each of ten rows (rows 3 through 12) and we need to remove one letter from nine columns (columns 3 through 11 – c through k in my grid.) The first of these letters in each row has to be moved to the leftmost column (labelled A) and the second to be moved to the rightmost column (labelled B.) The extra letters in the columns have to be moved to the bottom row (labelled C.) After all this jiggery-pokery we’ll be able to find five thematic names and, cryptically, 1 across (unclued) is the starting point.

Schadenfreude is one my favourite setters and his clues are always sound. With the removal of letters, I found some of the clues a bit tricky. A couple of the answers are girls’ names, which always make things a bit more awkward.

As things were revealed, I began to see FOURTEENTH and OF DECEMBER appearing in columns A and B. Coupled with the title, I had a look to see what happened on December 14th 1911 and sure enough, I find that that’s the day that Amundsen reached the South Pole. He started his journey from the BAY OF WHALES, which I find
lurking in 1 across – aha, makes sense now!

The finished grid reveals Roald AMUNDSEN(g5), Olav BJAALAND(e5), Helmer HANSSEN(c6), Sverre HASSEL(k7) and Oscar WISTING(i6) standing (like poles) just above SOUTH POLE in row C (13 in my grid) with Amundsen (the expedition leader) in the middle.

A nice puzzle but I would have preferred the title to be a bit more cryptic. Is it me or have Inquisitor titles become a bit too obvious recently?

Anyway, thanks Schadenfreude.

No. Clue (definition underlined) Answer Left Right Entry Wordplay
8 Female soldiers captured by resistance group try to escape RUN FOR IT RUN FOR IT F(emale)+OR (soldiers: other
ranks) inside R(esistance) UNIT (group)
11 A digger in favour of King and Queen FORKER F ORKER FOR (in favour of)+K(ing)+ER
(Queen Elizabeth II)
12 Newspaper material out of South Africa ORGAN O RGAN ORGAN[za] minus ZA (South
14 A Viking profligate regularly seen with
(regularly)+W(ith)+OLAF (anag: profligate)
15 Rail without afternoon transport service SORBUS U SORBS SOR[a] (rail) (minus
A(fternoon))+BUS (transport)
16 Awfully rude, like street dances RUEDAS D RUEAS RUDE (anag: awfully)+AS
17 Research covering hard powdery crusts REHS R EHS H(ard) inside RES[earch]
18 King of Scotland lacking energy gets stuck JAMS JAMS JAM[e]S (Scottish king)
(minus E(nergy))
20 Desolate tenor occupying local head’s pad WASTE E WAST T(enor) inside WASE (head)
21 Percussion instrument in a black light metal ATABAL T AABAL AT (in)+A+B(lack)+AL[uminium]
23 Christian monogram denoting “hand” in speech CHI-RHO C HI-RHO CHIRO- (denoting hand)
(homophone: in speech)
24 Take nurse round US city RENO E RNO R (take)+EN (nurse)+O (round)
25 Nick in India hasn’t time for a woman ANNA ANNA [t]ANNA (no T(ime))
27 Wendy regularly sat in hospital chair SEDAN E SDAN [w]E[n]D[y] (regularly)
inside SAN[atorium] (hospital)
28 Wall climbing without coloured helmet SALADE E SALAD S[c]ALADE (wall climbing)
(without C(olour))
30 Note my Parisian base MESE M ESE MES (my in France)+E (base)
31 Former local earl has escaped from violent attack ONST N OST ONS[e]T (E(arl) has escaped)
32 Bliss, close to ecstasy, shocked the old crones SYBILS B SYILS BLISS+[ecstas]Y (close to)
(anag: shocked)
34 Wheat extract judged to inhibit sexual activity SEITEN T E SEIN IT (sexual activity) inside
SEEN (judged)
35 Last king to appear in French coin DERNIER DERNIER R (king) inside DENIER
(French coin)
36 Gardener holding new edger HONER H R ONE N(ew) inside HOER (gardener)
37 Dutch financier and director retaining European tax DANEGELD DANEGELD E(uropean) inside
D(utch)+ANGEL (financier)+D(irector)


Down Displaced
No Clue (definition underlined) Answer Down Entry Wordplay
1 Bishop stood up to catch old Macdonald’s matrimonial race BROOSE BROOSE O(ld)
inside B(ishop)+ROSE (stood up)
2 Orkney’s dissolute young men of old YONKERS O YNKERS ORKNEYS
(anag: dissolute)
3 Share trading facility during exchange OFEX OFEX OF
4 Rambling rose planted in flat ground of wooded area FORESTAL T FORESAL ROSE (anag:
rambling) inside FLAT (anag: ground)
5 He screens infectious diseases caught by that woman HIDER HIDER ID
(infectious diseases) inside HER (that woman)
6 The French women seen in very up-to-date stockings LEGWEAR LEGWEAR LE (the in
French)+W(omen) inside GEAR (very up-to-date)
7 Rocks stand up undivided splitting ship SANDSTONES SANDSTONES STAND
(anag: up)+ONE (undivided) inside SS (ship)
9 A second time with this girl can make Nostradamus happy ROSAMUND ROSAMUND NOSTRADAMUS
is an anagram of: A+S(econd)+T(ime)+ROSAMUND
10 Associate with showy exterior in the manner of some Ethiopian Jews FALASHAS FALASHAS A(ssociate)
inside FLASH+AS (in the manner of)
13 Illustrious woman, quiet, in leather ROSHAN S ROHAN SH (quiet)
inside ROAN (leather)
19 Note produced by second stringed instrument SHARP P SHAR S(econd)+HARP
(stringed instrument)
21 Melodious air rendered by soprano in the beginning and end of Otello ARIOSO ARIOSO AIR (anag:
rendered)+S(oprano) inside O[tell]O (beginning and end)
22 Neckwear absent for weak rowing fanatic BOATIE BOATIE BOW TIE
(neckwear) with A(bsent) substituted for W(eak)
26 Moorland grass spread northwards over delta NARD NARD RAN (rev:
27 Money German invested in very good vintage malt liquor STINGO O STING TIN
(money)+G(erman) inside SO (very good)
29 Ground enclosing posh poet’s grassy place LAUND U LAND U (posh)
inside LAND (ground)
30 Life hasn’t begun for this woman ELLIE L ELIE [n]ELLIE
(life) (hasn’t begun)
32 Female supporting special psychotherapy SHEN H SEN S(pecial)+HEN
33 Blind happiness for some SEEL E SEL double


3 Responses to “Inquisitor 1207: A First Centenary by Schadenfreude”

  1. HolyGhost says:

    I thought this was a majestic offering from Schadenfreude, all those Scandinavian surnames standing neatly on the South Pole.

    Shifting letters left and right, &/or up and down, seems to be something of a trademark of his. Does anyone recall setters other than Schadenfreude using this device in an Inquisitor puzzle?

    And yes, the title wasn’t in the least bit cryptic (just as some of his others this year).

    PS Ken: Your row-column indications for AMUNDSEN(i6), BJAALAND(g6), HANSSEN(e7), HASSEL(m8) and WISTING(k7) are somewhat squiffy.

  2. kenmac says:

    Rats! A bit early on the Christmas sherry!!

    Fixed now.

    Thanks H___ G____

  3. Hi of hihoba says:

    I thought this was pretty stunning too. I got to it by a slightly different route, finding BAY OF ?H???? on the top row. I had never heard of the Bay of Whales before my delve into Wikiland, knew no details at all of Amundsen’s expedition. It clearly could easily have gone as badly wrong as Scott’s! You do get educated doing the Inquisitor!

    Thanks for the blog Kenmac – it’s not easy to cope with all that displacement activity in tabular form.

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