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Inquisitor 1345: Wide Boy by Kruger

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th August 2014

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Kruger is a prolific Inquisitor setter.  The index on this site tells me that he/she already has twenty under his/her belt.

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Inquisitor 1344: IQ Test by Samuel

Posted by HolyGhost on 6th August 2014

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Wordplay in 13 clues leads to the answer minus one letter (unchecked). Wordplay for the others leads to the entry plus one letter – these give part of a quotation. The full quotation explains the ambiguities, and one speaker to whom the quotation is sometimes attributed indicates how to resolve them in an orderly fashion.
 
Another asymmetric grid; and another Samuel puzzle for me to blog. (BTW I’ll be on holiday when this comes out – see you all later in August.)

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Inquisitor 1343: Partly Connected by Lato

Posted by kenmac on 30th July 2014

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Preamble: Nine (3 groups of three) answers are partly thematic. These are each clued with a single letter definition misprint which, when corrected, reveal a location for a possible sighting. Redundant single letters given by wordplay in 17 other clues spell out three words which, when 22, supplement each group. Someone who connects the three groups cryptically suggests a normally clued answer, which must be highlighted. Two answers are abbreviations.

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Inquisitor 1342: Omen by Nutmeg

Posted by Hihoba on 23rd July 2014

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I was expecting an easy one after the succession of high Moh (hardness scale) Inquisitors lately. No such luck!

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Inquisitor 1341: Circling the Square by Ferret

Posted by duncanshiell on 16th July 2014

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Ferret is a fairly regular setter in the Inquisitor series these days.

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Inquisitor 1340: Strange Hobby by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 9th July 2014

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He’s back – Schadenfreude never stays away very long, 7½ weeks on average. One clue per column (except the edges) has a misprinted definition, and corrections are to be entered in the top row. Five items are missing (thanks to the entry in the bottom row) and they are to be replaced to complete the grid, which contains only real words or phrases.
 
The first thing I notice is that the grid is asymmetric; then I spot that three of the down entries that start in the first ‘real’ row have no clues. Hmm.

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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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