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Inquisitor 72 — Neighbours by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 23rd May 2008

Colin Blackburn.

I nearly didn’t finish this puzzle. I was a page turn from giving up despite having completed the grid. I had no idea what the theme was and with a couple of ambiguous answers from the misprinted definitions I was uncertain that I had a correct grid. I reasoned that if I understood the theme then I would be able to resolve the ambiguities.

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Inquisitor 71 – At Random by Charybdis

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 16th May 2008

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Solving time: about 2 hours

This was a nice example of a fairly gentle thematic puzzle. Extra words in clues are a fairly simple way of providing thematic messages, but the idea of using the central letter or pair of letters was a bit of variation from the usual first letter.

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Inquisitor 70 – ‘Armless Fun by Loda

Posted by duncanshiell on 9th May 2008

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This was a very enjoyable exercise in ‘thinking outside the box’.

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Inquisitor 69 – Progressive Consumption by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 2nd May 2008

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Solvers were told that nine answers represented a song sequence, in clue order, but with a different and much happier ending.  The preamble also stated that the first answer, representing the eventual target, was to be entered normally.

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Inquisitor 68 – A Very Big Mistake by Kruger

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 26th April 2008

Colin Blackburn.

For a blog of the puzzle see Duncan’s comment below. Many thanks Duncan.

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Inquisitor 67 – Dissent by Hypnos

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 18th April 2008

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Solving time: ages!

This was a classic example of the kind of themed puzzle for which solver A can spot the theme instantly and have the whole thing done in an hour or two, and solver B can grind away for hours before the penny drops. This time, I was definitely solver B! I should have read the title and preamble carefully, and then considered anniversaries. This might have helped me to remember that the first CND march to Aldermaston took place in 1958 (which I knew within a year or two). I would then have seen that Aldermaston was a destination with the right number of letters.

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Inquisitor 66 ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK by Phi

Posted by Hihoba on 11th April 2008

Hihoba.

What an excellent puzzle, almost ruined by poor proof reading!  Editor please note!!

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Inquisitor #65 CLASSIFIED by Ploy

Posted by Hihoba on 8th April 2008

Hihoba.

Bit of a mix-up, so an emergency late blog. Please forgive any mistakes!

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Inquisitor 64 GENERAL HOSPITAL by Arachne

Posted by Hihoba on 28th March 2008

Hihoba.

Excellent crossword! Quite testing and certainly fun, with enough continuous progress to keep you interested.

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Inquisitor 63: 20 Across by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 23rd March 2008

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Solving time: about an hour

I solved a fair number of clues cold and then wondered what was going on, but then saw that all the answers with different lengths to the grid entries were one letter shorter and contained IT. Possibly with the help of some checking letters, the phrase RUN FOR IT was then a fairly obvious candidate to fit 20A. The double replacements in the centrally placed HOSPITALITY and CASSITERITE are a nice touch, as is the high proportion of answers with the transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 62/Choices by Nutmeg

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 15th March 2008

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I had so solve this puzzle immediately after solving another Nutmeg puzzle so I was hoping for a very different theme. The preamble suggested choices in solving clues and in entering answers. At first I stared bemusedly at the clues wondering how to best start this one. Then I noticed something. A lot of clues had short words of the form xORy. Mmm, a quick count of the clues with the letters OR embedded within words revealed just half. The penny drop for this one is right at the start.

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Inquisitor 61 TRICKY ACROSS CLUES by Loda

Posted by Hihoba on 7th March 2008

Hihoba.

One of the Hihobas found a nicely shaped box on his doorstep this week, following Inquisitor 59, so a small celebration will be held!

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Inquisitor 60 – Proceedings by Zero

Posted by duncanshiell on 28th February 2008

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The title – Proceedings – alludes to ‘Carry on’, so this crossword was an entertaining romp down the history of ‘Carry On …….’ films, of which there were twenty-nine original and one compilation made between 1958 and 1978.

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Inquisitor 59 – Commemoration by Hypnos

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 22nd February 2008

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Solving time: no recorded – let’s call it 90 minutes

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Inquisitor 58 – EVE by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 14th February 2008

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The preamble to the puzzle indicated that it included 12 unclued entries, four of which (11a, 35a, 22d and 24d) would represent a recent sequence in the correct order.

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