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Inquisitor 79 – Cause and effect by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 12th July 2008

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This was a fairly gentle puzzle from Schadenfreude – the challenge was to idenitfy the empty cells where the cause and effect were to be entered, “thus thwarting an attempt to save the planet”. We were also told that after doing so, the grid entries would all be real words. It fairly soon became apparent that the across answers were all entered normally and the empty cells were the two complete rows of unchecked letters in down answers. The “real word” possibilities for these answers soon showed that the cause was CARBON DIOXIDE and the effect GLOBAL WARMING. I don’t really get the “thwarting” bit (to me, ‘thwarting’ is a deliberate action rather than the side effect which the carbon dioxide has been historically) – so I wonder whether there’s something else going on that I haven’t spotted.

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Inquisitor 78 – Closely Packed by Kea

Posted by duncanshiell on 4th July 2008

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We were told that the answers to five across clues had to be jumbled before entry. To complicate matters further, we were also told that the letters in these five answers would share their cells with the letters from the intersecting down clues. As a result we would be able to read a closely packed quotation in the grid. The length of the quotation was not given, but I made the assumption that it would be restricted to the cells of the five thematic clues. I thought it would be too difficult for Kea to spread it across normal cells as well as thematic cells, but crossword compilers never cease to amaze me and I realised that anything was possible.

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Inquisitor 77 ONE TOO MANY by Raich

Posted by Hihoba on 27th June 2008

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Easy to solve the grid (with some rather underwhelming clues), much harder to find the phrase made up of the extra letters.

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Inquisitor 76 — Up, Up and Away by Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 21st June 2008

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The clue is in the title, “Up, up and away” …in my beautiful balloon. A song probably known to many of my contemporaries as the music from the Nimble advert. Nimble was a brand of bread aimed at those hoping to lose weight. The cunning trick was to get more air in and then make the slices smaller and thinner than standard loaves. You really were eating less.

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Inquisitor 75 CLASSIFIED by Hypnos

Posted by Hihoba on 17th June 2008

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Excellent puzzle based on James Bond villains on the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming, with some inventive and amusing clues.

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Inquisitor 74 – A Quotation by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th June 2008

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This puzzle was presented as a 10 row *11 columns jigsaw within a frame of 12 rows *13 columns such that the outer rim was independent of interlocking words. The central square in the top row was blacked out to leave the outer rim comprising 45 cells that would ultimately contain a quotation and its originator.

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Inquisitor #73 METAMORPHOSIS by Dysart

Posted by Hihoba on 30th May 2008

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 A nice twist in a crossword with conventional clues (no misprints, extra words etc. to muddy the waters). The puzzle was made more difficult by the fact that I found the clues in the top half easier to solve than those in the bottom half, so the author only appeared late in my labours on the bottom line.

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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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