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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Inquisitor 1355: Holy Inappropriate by Lato

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd October 2014

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LATO is a regular setter in the Inquisitor series and he always provides a good challenge.

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Inquisitor 1354: Vintage Suite by Kruger

Posted by Hihoba on 15th October 2014

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The rubric stated: Corrections to single-letter misprints in the definitions of eleven clues give a phrase which explains how some answers are to be modified before entry, in the manner perhaps exhibited by the puzzle’s title. Word lengths refer to grid entries.

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Inquisitor 1353: Eight from Eight by Radler

Posted by duncanshiell on 8th October 2014

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This puzzle by Radler had a fairly short preamble, as follows:  "The title alludes to the eight unclued themed solutions.  Only one is from eight, and nine’s too many for the theme.  Seven of the clues adjacent to those marked "unclued have one letter that is out of position, which must be moved to its correct place in order to solve the clue.  In clue order, these seven letters provide a further thematic hint.  Unchecked letters in the eight solutions could make MAFIOSO THUGS RETALIATE".

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Inquisitor 1352: Identity Crisis by Jago

Posted by HolyGhost on 1st October 2014

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The editor refers to the “IQ debutant Jago“, but, assuming there’s only one setter that goes by that name, he’s produced well over 20 puzzles in the last 40 years for The Listener alone. (The last one I attempted was on Boxing Day, 2009, which involved folding the completed grid into the classic ‘bird with flapping wings’.) Anyway, on with this carte blanche …
 
“The grid should be appropriately filled by correctly locating the solutions to the normal, correctly numbered clues. Numbers are not essential in the completed grid, which displays 180° symmetry, but their inclusion may assist solvers in arriving at the solution.”

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Inquisitor 1351: How to spell CAT by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 24th September 2014

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Preamble: Six words, occupying three rows of the grid in total, are clued without their common definition. Using that common definition, with particular reference to one of the six and an answer elsewhere in the grid, each of the three rows can be converted into a letter, spelling the word to be entered below the puzzle. Failed attempts at spelling will need to be removed from clues before solving, adjusting punctuation and spacing where necessary.

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Inquisitor 1350: 3 Down by Charybdis

Posted by Hihoba on 17th September 2014

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This one was not so difficult as the last masterpiece of misdirection we had to blog (Soprano by Pointer) where we had to be corrected by johnsurdy!

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Inquisitor 1349: Walk This -> Way by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on 10th September 2014

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The preamble for Ifor’s puzzle – Walk This ¬>Way told us that "Row clues must  each be divided at some point and the parts used to generate two answers.  Each must be modified before entry, one change applying to the first and another to the second of each pair.  Solvers needing a pointer may find the title useful.  The letter involved in the modification to each answer must be highlighted to show a relevant phrase.  The first part of this phrase must be applied to one word in each odd-numbered Column clue before solving and the second part to those of even numbers; all their answers are entered normally".

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