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Inquisitor 1373: Rules of Engagement by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th February 2015

duncanshiell.

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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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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