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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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Inquisitor 1366: Spot the Difference by Ferret

Posted by Hihoba on 7th January 2015

Hihoba.

This blog will be the first one to appear in 2015, so a Happy New Year to all our solvers. We bloggers love to read your comments and appreciate your corrections when we have got it wrong, so please keep writing them below the blog. Our thanks to Nimrod and his team of setters for an outstanding 2014. If this puzzle is anything to go by, we are in for a spectacular series in 2015.

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Inquisitor Review 2013-14 by Nimrod

Posted by Admin on 31st December 2014

Admin.

My, what a difficult year 2013 was to follow! But follow, 2014 did, with another harvest of wonderful ideas from an amazing collection of setters. I’m slightly surprised, looking back, to find only a handful of “new” compilers, and of these only ’Eck and Jago can legitimately claim Inquisitor debuts. You’ve seen Ilver before as a third of Rasputin, but never alone; Artix, too, as another third of the same team, will no doubt appear soon in his own right; each of them appeared as one sixth of S.M.E.R.S.H. in November. As part of a New Year’s resolution, I shall be ensuring appearances for several new compilers in the coming months. Five setters (Pointer, Radler, Syd Lexis, Wickball and Xanthippe) added second puzzles to their personal records, but sadly that will be the final count for Syd Lexis (Alan Donovan), who passed away in February just after the appearance of Variations on an Original Theme.

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Inquisitor 1365: Christmas Charity Donation by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st December 2014

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The Christmas Puzzle, entitled Christmas Charity Donation, was set by the Inquisitor Crossword Editor, John Henderson, in his guise of Nimrod.  

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Inquisitor 1364: Find the Word by Phi

Posted by HolyGhost on 24th December 2014

HolyGhost.

A carte blanche grid, so no bars and no numbers. And the clues have neither numbers nor length indications, nor are they in normal order or in alphabetical order of answers. Thanks, Phi.
 
Clues are in alphabetical order of clue, A … M. Answers to each set start in the same column, and are entered either across or down. The grid has 90° symmetry. The single unclued entry has several plausible answers: we should observe the allocation of letters to columns to determine the correct one. (The 90° symmetry proved to be something of a life-saver.)

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Inquisitor 1363: Associations by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 17th December 2014

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Preamble: Clues are presented in alphabetical order of their answers which must be fitted into the grid, wherever they will go. One of the five unclued entries has a direct association with three of the others. Arranged in conventional clue order, single extra letters yielded by wordplay in fifteen clues give a phrase which will instruct solvers how to identify and enter a cryptic representation of the fourth associated unclued entry.

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Inquisitor 1362: 1 Across by S.M.E.R.S.H.

Posted by Hihoba on 10th December 2014

Hihoba.

Welcome S.M.E.R.S.H. (unless you are someone else disguised as the Soviet CIA). What a crossword! I counted 18 answers (almost half!) which were words I’d never heard of or meanings I’d never imagined, plus many others in the wordplay. Frequent use of dictionary aids was required. Fortunately the theme emerged about half way through the solving and this aided in the completion of the grid.  The rubric was:

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Inquisitor 1361: Unsteady by Gila

Posted by kenmac on 3rd December 2014

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Preamble: Ten entries, clued without definition, may be sorted into pairs to provide five names associated with a protagonist, X. In all remaining clues, single extra letters involved in wordplay spell a further description of X. One entry, an anagram of X’s name (initial + surname), should be highlighted in the final grid. The derivative at 20 is in Collins.

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Inquisitor 1360: Blockage by Ilver

Posted by HolyGhost on 26th November 2014

HolyGhost.

A first solo Inquisitor offering from Ilver, but already known to us as one of the triumvirate Rasputin.
 
Wordplay in twenty-seven clues gives rise to single extra letters, in order giving an abbreviated quotation missing a thematic word. The word can be linked to answers to three normal clues. Remaining clues have a “latent letter” omitted wherever it appears in the answer; wordplay in these clues gives the grid entry. Following the instruction given by the latent letters in clue order should allow solvers to choose between two classic variations of the missing thematic word and to resolve three clashes involving four adjacent squares in one row of the completed grid.

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Inquisitor 1359: Comparative Advantage by Chalicea

Posted by kenmac on 19th November 2014

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Preamble: Wordplay in down clues leads to an extra letter not to be entered in the grid. In clue order, these letters give advice concerning 47 across.

Definitely one of the shortest preambles I’ve seen.

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Inquisitor 1358: Calling Card by eXternal

Posted by Hihoba on 12th November 2014

Hihoba.

Simple rubric this week, and a relatively straightforward puzzle, completed on Saturday.

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Inquisitor 1357: Cause and Effect by Eclogue

Posted by duncanshiell on 5th November 2014

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This is the second Eclogue Inquisitor that I have blogged.  The previous one had a literary theme.  This time …

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Inquisitor 1356: Weapon Material by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 29th October 2014

HolyGhost.

Schadenfreude is back again.
 
I paraphrase: “Each of 18 clues has a redundant word with one letter in common with its answer. These letters define the phrase to be entered in empty cells. Lengths of grid entries are indicated.”

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