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Inquisitor 1339: The Man with a Gun by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 2nd July 2014

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Preamble: Crossing answers make 18 down appear a non-word – it must be replaced by the acronym given by the longer down answers (five words in total), while retaining real words in the grid. The fictional character in the acronym also lent his name to a form of joke exemplified by italicised across clues, although for pragmatic reasons a different part of speech has been used in most of the associated entries. Four symmetrically placed down entries are entered unconventionally; single-letter corrections to misprinted definitions in eleven other clues explain what has happened.

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Inquisitor 1338: Septet by Dysart

Posted by Hihoba on 25th June 2014

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A glance at the grid, and I expected an alphabetical jigsaw, but the rubric told us otherwise:

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Inquisitor 1337: ‘Racehorse’ by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 18th June 2014

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There was a frisson of trepidation when I saw that the setter for this Inquisitor puzzle was Nimrod, editor of the Inquisitor series and man of many pseudonyms in different national dailies.

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Inquisitor 1336: Additive by Xanthippe

Posted by HolyGhost on 11th June 2014

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Second time out here for Xanthippe (though many more Listener puzzles). Four answers too long (& making one fit results in a blank cell); five others too short & so initially padded with blanks. We are to “identify the theme by completing the blank cells appropriately” (~clockwise) and highlight the 14-cell theme.
 
The clues don’t have indications of entry length – why not, ed? (Answer length would be giving something away, sure.)

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Inquisitor 1335: Clue Two by eXternal

Posted by kenmac on 4th June 2014

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Preamble: Five clues contain an extra word. The extra words must be interpreted to give instructions to make numerous adjustments to the completed grid. Solvers must then find a path from left to right containing an oddly written message describing a person. The letters of the person’s name are scattered around a number of cells with identical characteristics. Solvers must highlight the message and write the person’s name under the grid.

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Inquisitor 1334: Even Owl by Wickball

Posted by Hihoba on 28th May 2014

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I found this a bit of a struggle! Nice theme, but well hidden and dependent on knowledge that I, for one, could only come by via a Wikipedia article. The last time we met Wickball he was “standing on the shoulders of giants” with Sir Isaac Newton more than a year ago. This theme could hardly have been further away from that one!

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Inquisitor 1333: Gamble by Gila

Posted by duncanshiell on 21st May 2014

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This Inquisitor by Gila brought back a few memories of evenings sat in front of the television.

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Inquisitor 1332: Self-Reference by Hypnos

Posted by HolyGhost on 14th May 2014

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A welcome return by Hypnos.
 
      Thematically, 32 clues have a superfluous letter in a jumbled word in the definition part; these letters spell out the theme, illustrated by five equal groups of letters to be highlighted in the grid. Five other clues have a redundant word, each mapping onto one of those groups.

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Inquisitor 1331: Operation by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 7th May 2014

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Preamble: Clues are presented in alphabetical order of their answers, word lengths referring to the space allocated to them. The operation of one of the two unclued entries (2 words) has had an effect that must be reflected in the completed grid. Ignoring spaces, pre and post-operational entries are real words or proper nouns, two verifiable by the ODE. Initial use of pencil is recommended.

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Inquisitor 1330: Ninety Four by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 30th April 2014

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A short preamble told us we had some “abbreviation” to do, and enter two letters in lower case.

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Inquisitor 1329: Insert Cut by Augeas

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd April 2014

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This is Augeas’ third Inquisitor puzzle, but the first one that I have blogged.  Holy Ghost blogged the previous two.

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Inquisitor 1328: Tribute to X by Lato

Posted by HolyGhost on 16th April 2014

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Another long preamble from Lato … 11 entries are unnumbered – thematic or unclued, so about 20%. It’s all about X: thematics cryptically reveal the identity; unclued give a description, field of activity, achievements, what was often completed, a vital aid. Full name & title to be written below. (Oh, and something fiddly going on with 4 – what’s that all about?)
 
Need to solve the clues to understand the preamble, need to understand the preamble to sort out the entries. Let’s crack on.

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Inquisitor 1327: Returning by Shark

Posted by kenmac on 9th April 2014

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Preamble: The correct letters from misprinted definitions in 20 clues spell out a returning instruction. Solvers must change the contents of 18 cells, always revealing real words.

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Inquisitor 1326: Caught in the Act by Ferret

Posted by Hihoba on 2nd April 2014

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The grid was only 11×11, there were no extra or missing letters, no hidden messages, just six unclued entries and two hidden words to find. I found it pretty easy, despite the longish preamble.

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Inquisitor 1325: Stopping Service by Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th March 2014

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There was a long preamble to this Inquisitor puzzle by Phi.  It stated:

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