# Fifteensquared

## Inquisitor 1269: Work in Progress by Gila

Posted by duncanshiell on February 27th, 2013

This is Gila’s second appearance as an Inquisitor setter.  His first puzzle was number 1240 ‘Solve for X and Y’ which I was also lucky enough to blog.

There was quite an extensive preamble to this puzzle, as follows: "Clues are presented in alphabetical order of their answers, which must be entered n the grid where they will fit.  Wordplay in each clue yields an extra letter not to be entered in the grid.  Based on the normal order of presentation of clues, these letters provide an excerpt of the work in progress, less one appropriate word.  Answers to two clues are superfluous: together with the extra letters generated in their clues, they must be appropriately treated to provide a relevant name to be entered beneath the grid.  Finally, solvers must highlight the work’s published title."

An initial study of the clues and the grid yielded the fact that there was just one 7 letter answer and one 7 letter slot in the grid.  It also became clear that one each of the 5 and 6 letter answers would be superfluous to the grid..

The seven letter answer fell quite quickly as ROSEOLA which immediately gave some letters in the grid.  I thought the clue to ROSEOLA was a bit odd given that there were 3 Os in the word play and you could actually ignore a part of the clue to get the answer, although I suppose you still had to realise that the first letter of ONE still had a part to play somewhere.

The jigsaw element of the puzzle fitted together failry easily once a few of the 10 and 11 letter entries were solved.

In this puzzle, I struggled a bit with the superfluous letters. I deduced the excerpt some while before all the clues were solved.  At the end, there was a bit of reverse engineering of some entries to establish where the correct superfluous letter occurred in the wordplay.

In clue order, the superfluous letters spelt out "EGGS OH MY BABY HOW I LOVE YOUR LEGS".  I had a vague recollection of this phrase, but I had to confirm it with further research.  It appears that Lennon and McCartney had a habit of developing a tune and putting rather random phrases against it before writing the final lyrics.  In this case, the full phrase "SCRAMBLED EGGS OH MY BABY HOW I LOVE YOUR LEGS" was the ‘WORK IN PROGRESS [title of the puzzle] for the opening lyrics of "YESTERDAY, all my troubles seemed so far away".  SCRAMBLED therefore was obviously an important word for the final step.

I enjoyed some very good misdirection in the clues, where the range of meanings of a lot of words in English gives compilers huge opportunities for leading solvers away from the right answer.  For example, ‘root’ in the clue for ARYL, ‘those on the board’ in INDEPENDENT and ‘well spun’ in LOLLO ROSSO.

The two answers  that did not feature in the grid were CANCEL and TRAMP with extra letter Y and U respectively.  Using SCRAMBLED as the anagram indicator for these letters we can generate PAUL MCCARTNEY which should be entered beneath the grid. YESTERDAY is found down the leading diagonal.

The final grid looked like this

PAUL MCCARTNEY

### 6 Responses to “Inquisitor 1269: Work in Progress by Gila”

1. Hihoba says:

I think it’s worth pointing out that John Lennon had nothing at all to do with “Yesterday” – either in its composition or its playing or singing. It is the song that McCartney wanted referred to as “McCartney Lennon” but Yoko Ono would not even concede this much.

The tune came to Paul at night and he invented the Scrambled Eggs line to make sure that he remembered it when he woke up. There is an excellent Wikipedia article on it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yesterday.html

I filled in the grid and found the diagonal and the article before going on with the checking of the “Eggs. . . ” phrase.

Good crossword. I like alphabetical jigsaws anyway and having to use the “correct” order of the clues was a new twist.

It is a always a pity when you can (as you could here) have sent in the answer without having completed the last phase, but think what you would have missed!

2. John Lowe says:

For the word play of LECTIONARY (24 across) I think that “in two parts” should be (B)INARY, however I then don’t much like “not one” to clue “zero” and therefore the letter O.

Am I being too picky?

Thanks for the blog, Duncan, and thanks, too, of course, to Gila for the entertainment.

3. Chesley says:

Re Hihoba @1. Using correct order of clues isn’t new – it has been used many times before but is always an extra twist to the PDM and always welcome.

4. Bertandjoyce says:

We enjoyed this puzzle although we had to resort to google at the end to work out the significance of the phrase formed by the superfluous letters.

Joyce had no problem with ROSEOLA as she suffers from a form of it (Duncan – you have an extra ‘a’ by the way in the aerosol) although it did seem strange to add ‘O’ and then ignore it.

Thanks Duncan for the blog and Gila for a good challenge!

5. HolyGhost says:

An engaging workout, not too tough – as Duncan says, the unique 7 letter entry and solving a couple of the 10/11 letter entries made the jigsaw element that bit easier.

John Lowe’s parsing (at #2) of LECTIONARY concurs with mine (and “not one” = zero = 0 just about passes).

Echoing Hihoba (at #1), McCartney on a (recently repeated) Parkinson fragment was quite adamant that the song was his & his alone.

And regarding Chesley (at #3), Paradise by Kruger (Inquisitor 1243 from last August – voted favourite puzzle of 2012) recently used the device of a jigsaw where the extra letters generated by the clues in conventional order yielded a message/instruction.

Thanks Duncan; thanks Gila.

6. John H says:

WOODCHUCK – THE FULL STORY…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/crossword-blog/2013/feb/28/crossword-blog-story-of-woodchuck-puzzle

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