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Inquisitor 1237: Revolutionary by Ploy

Posted by duncanshiell on July 18th, 2012


Looking at the Inquisitor index, I see that this is Ploy’s sixth puzzle in the Inquisitor series.  I have been blogging Inquisitors about once a month since November 2007 but I haven’t blogged any of Ploy’s previous five.  I have also come across Ploy in the Magpie.  The Crossword Who’s Who on the Best for Puzzles website tells me that Ploy also sets for The Listener and Enigmatic Variations.  I will have solved Ploy’s puzzzles in The istener but Enigmatic Variations is not a series I have looked at.

There was a detailed preamble for this puzzle, as follows:

The solid circle represents an object  that had a connection with two place names in the grid.  Seven clues contain a misprint, to be corrected before solving.  The incorrect letters can be rearranged to give the object’s name, and the correct letters to give an associated person’s name.  The name of both object and person are to be written beneath the grid.  Two straight lines must be drawn to re-establish the connection, and the following are to ber highlighted to complete the symmetrical picture:  the two place names, and the name of the intervening expanse.  Double letters in answers are to be entered together in a single cell.

Clearly there was a lot going on in this puzzle.

A quick glance throught the numbers given for lengths of solutions to clues and the number of cells available indicated that 33 across, 37 across and 29 down were going to have double letters as each had entry lengths one greater than the available cells.  Given that 29 down intersected with both the acrosses, it had to be the case that one of the acrosses has to have its double letter in an unchecked cell.

The grid for this puzzle was larger than normal at 12 rows and 14 columns.  This in turn led to a higher than usual number of clues – 48 in total.  The clues were very fair.  I didn’t think they were too difficult and I made steady progress iniitally down the right hand side of the grid..  The first entry I put in was ARARAT at 6 across.  I seemed to work through the grid in a clockwise fashion fro the North East corner finishing in the North West corner with PERDU and BRIDAL.

The OO in cell row 8 column 13 and the LL in row 9 column 14 acted a bit like a magnet for the area to search for one of the place names.  GOONHILLY became apparent quite quickly.  Given that the other place names was symmetrically placed, the discovery of ANDOVER followed soon after.  Being British my first thought was wondering about a connection between GOONHILLY in Cornwall and ANDOVER in Hampshire.  Another look at the grid yielded ATLANTIC in the bottom row, so the research turned to finding an ANDOVER in the United States.  As the misprints had yielded RLESATT I was fairly sure that TELSTAR was going to come into play with GOONHILLY Earth Station.  This research turned up the fact that the first recorded transatlantic transmission of television pictures using the TELSTAR communications satellite was made from ANDOVER Maine to GOONHILLY.on 11 July 1962, 50 years ago.  Crosswords are a great source of learning about anniversaries.

At this point the grid the whole puzzle fell into place.  It is not clear exactly where the lines from ANDOVER to TELSTAR and TELSTAR to GOONHILLY should be drawn, but I think the shapes are representative of dishes, so in this blog I have gone from the north east corner of the cell with D of ANDOVER and the North West corner of the OO of GOONHILLY.  I expect that as long as the lines are symmetrical it shouldn’t matter where the ground based ends of the lines are.  Wikipedia tells me that ANDOVER used a horn antenna inside a radome while GOONHILLY used a dish.  Apparently the dish at GOONHILLY is now a Grade II listed building. The ANDOVER site has been demolished.

The final step was to resove the anagram from the correct letters – KEOMEEJ.  This resolved to JOE MEEK, composer of TELSTAR the No 1 chart it for The Tornados.

My final grid looked like this:


















                                                  TELSTAR : JOE MEEK

This was a puzzle I really enjoyed.  The endgame was not too difficult and the clues were entertaining and generally easy to parse.  I had to look up the meanings of ‘setter’ in 16 across – SPRY – to see where the SPY component came from.  I took a while to parse BRIDAL properly before I eventually realised the misprint was in the word ‘ring’ and R in the entry was ‘king’.

At 27 across, I had the wrong misprint initially, going for ‘cent’ rather than ‘colt’, but that issue resolved itself when I realised that the associated person had to be JOE MEEK.  At 39 across, it took me a while to identify the definition as ‘hide dressed’, and interpret ‘stiff’ as a word meaning ROB.

There were quite a few Scottish usages -in the entries – almost as many as one finds in an Azed crossword.  The wordplay constructions were not too complex, but there was a good range of devices used to keep solvers thinking all the time.

The title – REVOLUTIONARY – no doubt refers to the fact that the first satellite transmission of television pictures presaged a revolution in telecommunications.

I look forward to another crossword by Ploy

No Original Clue Misprint Correct New Clue Wordplay Entry

Crested fowl flew up valley (8, 2 words)



ROSE (flew up) + COMB (short deep valley, variant spelling of COOMB)


ROSE COMB (a fowl with a low red crest)



Armenian province’s Palestinian leader switching force for resistance (6)



ARAFAT (reference Yasser ARAFAT [1929 – 2004] one time leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and Nobel Peace Prize winner 1994 [along with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin])  replacing (switching) F (force) with R (resistance)


ARARAT (Province of Armenia)



Impressive feature of winkle-pickers (4)



Hidden word in (feature of) WINKLE-PICKERS


EPIC (impressive)



A Lake poet’s visionary (5)



A + ERIE (reference Lake ERIE, one of the Great Lakes in Canada)


AERIE (a word used by poets to signify ‘visionary’)



Festival in Ireland is more spirited (forgetting row) (4)



FEISTIER (more spirited) excluding (forgetting) TIER (row)


FEIS (an Irish festival on the ancient model, including sports events, folk music and dancing)



Element of backbone from green energy supporter (8)



VERT (green colour) + E (energy) + BRA (the crossword world’s favourite supporter)


VERTEBRA (any of the segments that compose the backbone)



Agile setter gets right in there (4)



R (right) contained in (gets in there) SPY (a person who finds victims for thieves, etc; a spy)


SPRY (agile)



American left in pursuit of ring in proposal for wedding (6)




American left in pursuit of king in proposal for wedding (6)


(R [Rex, king] contained in (in) BID [proposal]) + A (American) + L (left)

B (R) ID A L

BRIDAL (relating to a wedding)



US beauty lover adores the terraced harbours (7)



Hidden word in (harbours) ADORES THE TERRACED


ESTHETE (American spelling of AESTHETE [a professed disciple of the cult of beauty]; US beauty lover)



Abridged notice bishop put before society in parts of speech (7)



ADVERT (public notice) excluding the final letter (abridged) T + B (bishop [chess notation]) + S (society)


ADVERBS (parts of speech)



Slat adapted for lowest class members (4)




Seat adapted for lowest class members (4)


Anagram of (is adapted) SEAT


ETAS ([formerly] members of the lowest Japanese class, which did work considered menial or degrading)



Law one’s broken seizing earlier boundary for fruit (10)



Anagram of (broken) LAW ONE containing (seizing) TERM (an archaic [earlier] word for boundary)





Celt in Ruritania hit draught preventer (10, 2 words)




Colt in Ruritania hit draught preventer (10, 2 words)


C (colt) contained in (in) an anagram of (hit) RURITANIA


AIR CURTAIN (a current of air directed across a doorway or other opening to prevent draughts)



Earth covered with turned turf is good enough (4)



E (earth) contained in (covered with) (SOD [turf] reversed [turned])

DO (E) S<

DOES (is good enough)



Churchwarden, perhaps, retiring with harlot in a flap (8)



PIPE (a churchwarden is a long-stemmed clay pipe) reversed (retiring) + LOON (harlot)


EPIPLOON (the great omentum [a hanging flap of the peritoneum covering the intestines])



Taking 50% of ointment, vet treated bird (7)



Anagram of (OINT [50% of the letters of OINTMENT] and VET)


OVEN-TIT (a dialect name for various birds, including the willow warbler)



I relax tackling European tobogganing slope (7, 2 words)



I CHILL (I relax) containing (tackling) E (European)


ICE HILL (tobogganing slope)



Hide, dressed in stiff cape minus flat hat (4)



ROB (stiff) + CAPE excluding (minus) CAP (flat hat)


ROBE (dressed bison hide or the like)



Leadership shown by horse guards at first splitting undisciplined yeomen (8)



H (heroin; horse) +  (G [first letters of [at first] GUARD contained in [splitting]an anagram of (undisciplined) YEOMEN)


HEGEMONY (leadership)



Now and then, solved crossword with just last bit remaining – a drag! (4)



SLE (first, third and fifth letters [now and then] of SOLVED) + D (last letter of [just the last bit remaining] CROSSWORD)


SLED (drag)



Leaving Western Region, wrangler expresses "Gee" on tangling of reins (5)



WRANGLER excluding (leaving) (W [western] and R [region]) further excluding [expresses] G (gee) and finally making an anagram of (tangling) the remaining 5 letters –  ANLER


RENAL (of the kidneys; a rare or obsolete meaning of reins is ‘the kidneys’)



Column shaft ends in great big socle – one’s gripped (4)



I (one) contained in [gripped] in TGE (final letters of [ends in] GREAT BIG SOCLE)

T (I) GE

TIGE (shaft of a column) A SOCLE is a plain face or plinth at the foot of a wall, column, etc, so the clue contains a number of allusions to the architecture of a column.



Native’s throwing stick at pillar by lake (6)



AT + LAT (in India, an isolated pillar) + L (lake)


ATLATL (a Native American throwing stick)



You must reposition having lost edges in ice-skating figures of old (8)



Anagram of (you must reposition) ICE-SKATING excluding (having lost) I and E the outermost letters [edges in]


ANTICKES (obsolete [of old] word for extraordinary figures or ornaments)




No. Original Clue Misprint Correct New Clue Wordplay Entry

A complete turn to bring back to the stage? Only half, actually (3)



REVIVE (bring back to the stage) excluding the last three letters (only half actually) IVE


REV (revolution; complete turn)



"Rainbow girl" served up leaf for chewing (4)



IRIS (girl’s name meaning rainbow) reversed (served up; down clue)


SIRI (leaf of the betel pepper which is chewed in Eastern countries as a mild stimulant)



Lax clamper releasing commoner for free (5)



Anagram of (lax) CLAMPER excluding (releasing) MP (member of the House of Commons; commoner)


CLEAR (free [from obstruction])



Slightest trace of salt initially eclipses everything else (6)




Slightest trace of malt initially eclipses everything else (6)


M (first letter of [trace of] MALT) + E (first letter of [initially] ECLIPSES) + REST (everything else)


MEREST (slightest)



Scottish banks are disheartened with end of process to underpin bank rate (5)



BR (bank rate) + ARE excluding the middle letter [disheartened] R + S (last letter of [end of] PROCESS)  As this is a down clue AES are below, and therefore underpin BR


BRAES (Scottish word for hill slopes; banks)



Disreputable parson’s playing sitar above runway (8)




Disreputable person’s playing sitar above runway (8)


Anagram of (playing) SITAR + RIP (a disreputable person)


AIRSTRIP (runway)



Water-crowfoot? Sounds right up north (5)



REATE (sounds like [sounds] REET [a North East of England word for RIGHT, as in ‘It’s all REET pet’ [Everything is tickety-boo my darling])


REATE (water-crowfoot)



Mischevious pleasure no unionist annuls (7)



Anagram of (mischevious) PLEASURE excluding (no) U (Unionist)


REPEALS (annuls)



Quarter of the Scots regularly suppressed ptarmigan from the south (4)



Excluding (suppressed) letters 1 3, 5, 7 and 9 (regularly) of PTARMIGAN leaves TRIA reversed (from the south; down clue)


AIRT (Scottish word for quarter)



Concealed drupe in a pit (5)




Concealed drupe in a pie (5)

Anagram of (pie) DRUPE


PERDU (lost to view; concealed)



Straining for some unsound guy lines, second and fourth gone (6)



Anagram of (unsound) GUY LINES excluding (gone) U and L the second and fourth letters of the phrase


SYEING (straining)



Dickens put into script rising eccentricity (5)



CUED ( a prompter will give an actor his/her cue to put him/her into the right place in the script of the play) reversed (rising) + E (eccentricity [of a conic section])


DEUCE (exclamatory phrase- the devil! – what the dickens!)



Hook rifled Caribbean, not one to annex the minimum of loot (8)



Anagram of (rifled) CARIBBEAN excluding (not) AN (one) + L (first letter of [minimum] of  LOOT)


BARBICEL (a tiny hook on the hairlike structure on the barb of a feather)



Met up with poet periodically in beautiful valley (5)



MET reversed (up; down clue) + PE (characters 1 and 3 [periodically] of POET)


TEMPE (the valley of the Peneus in Thessaly, praised by the ancient poets for its unsurpassed beauty; hence, any place of choice beauty)



Operational areas take in Rolling Stones (6)



R (take [from the Latin recipe]. a common usage in barred crosswords] contained in (in) MANOS (stone rollers for grinding maize or other grain by hand on a concave stone known as a metate)



MANORS (an area of operations)



German educationalist cooking beef or starter of lamb (7)



Anagram of (cooking) BEEF and OR and L (first letter of [starter of] LAMB)


FROEBEL (reference Friedrich Froebel [1782 – 1852], a German educational theorist who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition children have unique needs and capabilities)



Name of sea and earth occupying aged one (6)



GE (in Greek mythology, the goddess or personification the Earth) contained in (occupying) (AE [aged] + AN [one])


AEGEAN (sea between Greece and Turkey)



Go in furiously folllowing tiff, giving a low (6)




Go in furiously folllowing jiff, giving a low (6)


MO (moment; instant; jiff) + an anagram of (furiously) GO IN


MOOING (making a lowing sound; giving a low)



Strife in Scotland when a clan is deprived of acreage (5)



STUART (reference Clan STUART of Bute, one of Scotlands many clan) excluding (deprived of) A (acreage)


STURT (Scottish word for strife)



Fiery Irish female in Athlone, somehow ignoring old Liberal (5)



Anagram of (somehow) ATHLONE excluding (ignoring) (O [old] and L [Liberal])


ETHNA (variant of EITHNE, girl’s name meaning fire)



Primitive tribe I judge near, from what’s heard (5)



I + (CE NI [sounds like SEE NIGH {judge near}])]


ICENI (an ancient British tribe that, led by Queen Boudicca, rebelled against the Romans in 61AD)



Sudden movement – victor’s young horse losing its head (4)



V (in international radio communication Victor is the codeword for the letter V) + COLT (young horse) excluding its first letter [losing its head]) C


VOLT (suddden movement or leap to avaoid a thriust in the sport of fencing)



Jerk or lout going after heroin (4)



H (heroin) + OIK (lout)


HOIK (jerk)



Sure you’ve exact solution? Take a few tips! (3)



YES (First letters of [take a few tips] YOU’VE EXACT SOLUTION

YES (sure [in an informal sense, ‘sure’ is a substitute for ‘YES‘)


3 Responses to “Inquisitor 1237: Revolutionary by Ploy”

  1. Hi of hihoba says:

    Yes, a very informative and interesting puzzle from Ploy and a nice colourful blog from Duncan.

    I got the theme by an entirely different route from Duncan, though. I had found ATLANTIC on the bottom row and the position of the blob and the title “Revolutionary” (going round the earth) indicated a possible satellite – a slightly different interpretation from Duncan’s, both probably correct. I had EL, MS, EA and JT as the correction/misprint combinations and spotted TELSTAR as a possible anagram of the misprints. I Googled it, and the second entry is the Wiki article and the third is “Telstar: The Joe Meek story”, which triggered the search for OE and MS.

    I knew (as anyone my age probably would) the musical connection, but had never heard of its composer. I hadn’t spotted the shapes of the sending and receiving stations as being dishes which I’m sure is correct and very clever!

  2. chesley says:

    Duncan – thanks for revealing all. I actually solved all the clues but couldn’t for the life of me get the PDM. Thanks also to Ploy for great (ultimately fruitless!) entertainment.

    Like Hi @1, I fondly remember the original record – it was quite innovative then and The Tornadoes had several other releases of that ilk in the early 60s. Where has the time gone?

  3. HolyGhost says:

    Yes – I enjoyed this one. (Difficulty 3 out of 5?) I finished this off in the departure lounge at Heathrow, so could check the details (ANDOVER, JOE MEEK, the anniversary) only when I reached my destination.

    The CELT -> COLT/CENT wasn’t the only ambiguity for me. In 11d, I initially had “in a PIT” -> “… FIT” for the anagram indicator, then tried “… PET”, before finally settling on “… PIE”. And interestingly (deliberately?) the permuation of the incorrect letters to give TELSTAR was the same as that for the correct letters to give JOE MEEK.

    Nice one Ploy, and thanks also to Duncan for the blog. (He clearly has lots of time to devote to it.)

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