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Inquisitor 1380: Serpent Is as Serpent Does by Serpent

Posted by HolyGhost on 15th April 2015

HolyGhost.

Serpent slithers into view – venomous? We’ll see.
 
Preamble: Solvers must determine how to enter the answers to across clues, listed in alphabetical order of their (equal-length) answers. Taken in clue order, the misprints of single letters in each of the down clues may assist. All across clues and all down entries, including 6 (to be deduced), are normal.
      So, half jigsaw, half normal. (Note to self: the preamble says “the misprints of …”, not “the corrections to misprints of …” – pay attention.)

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Inquisitor 1379: Snobs by Lato

Posted by kenmac on 8th April 2015

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Preamble: Nine thematic answers (one of two words) should be considered as associating only with ‘34-38s’, with each ‘34-38’ suggested twice. Correctly associated, all are 26s. Eight of these are clued by wordplay only in alphabetical order of their associations; the ninth (which is fictional) would have its association differently placed and longer than the others. The two-word thematic answer, which has various alternatives, is confirmed in the ODE. Extra single letters suggested by wordplay in twenty-two otherwise normal clues give two 26s, 34 38s in a more conventional sense.

I found the clues to be on the easy side and soon had most of the grid filled. I never really take much notice of how long these things take but I reckon I must have had the grid sitting at 90% after an hour or so. By this time I had identified the first of the 26s spelt out by the extra letters, 34 was mostly filled and clearly wanted to be ETON whereas 38 deperately wanted to be MEN (or MAN.) The first generated name was GEORGE ORWELL and he was, indeed, an ETON MAN. The first thematic answer to fall was CHESTERTON but a quick trip to Wikipedia refuted the idea that he was an ETON MAN. The thematic entry at e7-e13 desperately wanted to be SIMPSON and I managed to fit it to its clue but I still had no idea what was going on.

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Inquisitor 1378: Tipster by Charybdis

Posted by Hihoba on 1st April 2015

Hihoba.

An alphabetical jigsaw this week from Charybdis, and a very good one too! An amazing grid construction.

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Inquisitor 1377: Covenant by Poat

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th March 2015

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The preamble to this puzzle by Poat stated "Seven clues consist of wordplay only, and lead to performers known for works that may be linked thematically; in each case, an allusion to part of the relevant work must be entered instead.  Entry lengths are given for all other clues.  Two letters are required in each of eight unchecked cells and confirm the theme when read in normal order.  Solvers  may wish to attempt appropriate highlighting"

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Inquisitor 1376: Target by Dysart

Posted by HolyGhost on 18th March 2015

HolyGhost.

Fond memories of Dysart puzzles – usually pretty tough but highly enjoyable & satisfying.
 
Preamble: Five characters involved in a 6 18 are hidden in the grid. Their target is invisible, but solvers must reveal it after the loss of one of the five, leaving real words in the final grid. Five other names (not necessarily capitalised) are lurking in some clues, but their discovery is not essential to solving. Corrections to definition misprints in eight down clues give items that might point to the target.
      And an asymmetric grid – probably necessary, to accommodate the thematic material.

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Inquisitor 1375: Illusion by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 11th March 2015

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Preamble: Solvers must scale component letters of some entries to match the illusion. This will require some letters to be entered in such a way that one to a cell is not maintained; word lengths are to apparent grid entries. They must then highlight the more usual view elsewhere in the grid, and the relevant line. Twenty clues contain a misprint in the definition – correct letters spell the nature of the illusion.

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Inquisitor 1374: Engagement by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 4th March 2015

Hihoba.

The rubric read:

One answer is not to be entered in the grid. Answers to four clues which lack definitions are thematic. Solver must highlight two other normally clued entries to complete a thematic sextet, each being a 3 across. Corrections to misprints in the definition parts of 14 clues set the scene. Finally solvers must relocate one entry thematically. Ignoring spaces, all initial and final words are real words, proper nouns or phrases; some clue answers do not occupy all the available cells.

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Inquisitor 1373: Rules of Engagement by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th February 2015

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There was a fairly lengthy preamble to this weeks puzzle by Ifor.  It stated "six clues whose answers share a general definition consist only of wordplay.  These answers must be thematically changed to form the entries.  Before solving them each of the six clues providing symmetrically opposite entries must be disengaged, re-engaging their answers to form these entries.  The completed grid contains a number of vacant cells, which if removed would permit its engagement so as to confirm a thematic word or instruction.  Enumeration refers to the number of cells available; solutions and entries are all real words or phrases."

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Inquisitor 1372: After the Main Event by Nudd

Posted by HolyGhost on 18th February 2015

HolyGhost.

Haven’t seen a puzzle from Nudd in quite a while – none in 2014.
 
Preamble: Wordplay in thirty-six clues serves up an extra letter to be taken away before entry. These letters give a thematically treated quotation and speaker, suggesting how the answers to the remaining (normal) clues must be amended before entry. A survivor remains in the final grid and must be highlighted (14 letters). Given clue lengths refer to grid entries.
 
Odd turn of phrase: “… serves up …”; must be related to the theme.

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Inquisitor 1371: Conclusion by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 11th February 2015

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Inquisitor 1371Preamble: Wordplay in each clue gives the answer with either an extra or missing letter. In order, these letters spell out a phrase which identifies the pattern collectively provided by the separate contents of the darkest and lightest sets of squares in the grid. The two creators of this pattern must be highlighted, together with the eventual successor to one of them.

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Inquisitor 1370: Side by Shark

Posted by Hihoba on 4th February 2015

Hihoba.

Quite a short preamble this week:

“Six features in the final grid are thematically positioned in straight lines and must be highlighted. The six unclued entries already highlighted give hints at the theme: their unchecked/mutually checked letters could spell GROW SIDE.”

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Inquisitor 1369: Options by Samuel

Posted by duncanshiell on 28th January 2015

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Samuel is a prolific setter for many publications that feature barred crosswords and his crosswords usually have a quirky theme.  I think Samuel is now the editor of the Enigmatic Variations series in The Sunday Telegraph, so it is interesting to see his work in a competitive newspaper.  Perhaps though Saturday papers don’t compete with Sunday papers.

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Inquisitor 1368: Off and On by Nutmeg

Posted by HolyGhost on 21st January 2015

HolyGhost.

Nutmeg‘s “Any other Name” came equal fourth in 2014, and her puzzles rank among my personal favourites.
 
A small grid: 11×11. One letter must be omitted from the first eight across answers, and one letter inserted into the other eight. Similarly, one letter has been omitted from the first eight across clues, and one letter inserted into the other eight. Fill in the central (barred-off) cell to show who is responsible for this, and the two unclued entries. (All grid entries are real words.)

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Inquisitor 1367: Shortness of Clues by Schadenfreude

Posted by kenmac on 14th January 2015

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Preamble: To compensate for the loss of half of the clues, the editor has inserted (in an appropriate order) an extra letter in each of the remaining clues (most of which didn’t make much sense). One clued answer is a seldom used variant spelling given in Collins.

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Inquisitor Review of 2014 – The Results

Posted by Admin on 9th January 2015

Admin.

From John Henderson (Nimrod et al) …

I’ll get me ’at

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