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Inquisitor 28/Schadenfreude – Changing Places

Posted by loonapick on 20th July 2007

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There aren’t many things more satisfying than that moment when solvers of the Inquisitor or The Listener experience when the device the setter has used to complicate the puzzle reveals itself.  A light-bulb moment which is only amplified by the relief that flows over the solver who is also a blogger.

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Inquisitor 27 – BUST by Lato

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 13th July 2007

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I tore this one out of the paper, took it on holiday, and over-confidently left it until the day we were coming home. It turned out to be very tough – if our flight hadn’t been delayed by an hour or so, I might have been sending one of those embarrassing e-mails to other bloggers, asking for help.  I eventually cracked it on a train on Thursday morning.  Total solving time: about 6 hours.

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Inquisitor 26/Nitsy – Game of Chance

Posted by loonapick on 6th July 2007

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As far as Inquisitors go, this puzzle by a compiler I have never come across before was relatively easy.

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Inquisitor 25 – Conclusion by Zero

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 29th June 2007

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Solving time: about 90 mins

A fairly standard challenge here: find extra words in four across and four down clues which allow what’s presumably a quotation to be identified, and clashes between across and down answers which are resolved by continuing the quote in some part(s) of the grid. The author appears in a couple of unclued answers, and the rest of the quote must be written under the grid (the part not to forget!).

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Inquisitor 24/Loda – Mucking About

Posted by loonapick on 23rd June 2007

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Sorry for the delay in getting this blog ready, but I struggled with this puzzle, because I couldn’t work out the device required to fill the grid.  As usual when I seek inspiration, Mr Biddlecombe came through for me.

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Inquisitor 23 by Lato – NONSENSE – A super fun puzzle

Posted by nmsindy on 15th June 2007

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This was a real fun puzzle, I thought.

Solving time: 3 hrs 45 mins

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Inquisitor 22 – MMM by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 8th June 2007

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Note: This was actually posted early in January 2010.
 
Whilst compiling an index to the Inquisitor blogs, I noticed that there was an early one missing from May-07. So here’s a highly retrospective blog to fill the hole in an otherwise unbroken sequence …
 
Eight (helpful) letters are missing from the wordplay in eight across clues. Nine spaces that are left after all answers are entered must be filled and highlighted, together with 13 other cells.

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Inquisitor 21 / Phi – Spooner strikes back

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 1st June 2007

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Solving time: 36 minutes

A simple but original gimmick and fairly easy clues to non-theme words combined to make this a quick but still entertaining solve. Experience of Azed’s Spoonerism puzzles also helped to speed things up.

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Inquisitor #20/Circumstances by MynoT

Posted by loonapick on 25th May 2007

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For reasons I still don’t quite know, this puzzle took me ages to solve. When I look back on it now, it appears to be fairly straightforward as far as themed puzzles go. Admittedly, there are still a few clues where I am not sure about the wordplay, but the “extra letters” device made it obvious in most cases which letter was missing, and, once you had worked out the additional instruction, the rest of the puzzle was fine.

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Inquisitor 19 – Handiwork by Ploy

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 18th May 2007

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Solving time: an hour or so

Approached with trepidation, having downed a convivial pint or two with Ploy at Sloggers and Betters 2, but also having missed the final step in his “Travelling Light” Listener. But this was easy once the penny had dropped. The preamble said: “Each across answer must be modified before grid entry. Definitions of the entries are given by extra words or phrases in each down clue. Across answer/entry pairs might be loosly said to exhibit 5 down.” Well, it quite soon became apparent that each across clue had at least one L or R in it, and that if you swapped all Ls and Rs (i.e. the hands in “Handiwork”) in each one, you got another “Lear Wold”, as we might say. 5D turned out to be ENANTIOMORPHY – a characteristic whereby shapes or objects (like crystals or molecules) are mirror images of each other, with left and right swapped but everything else the same.

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Inquisitor 18 by Dysart ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY!

Posted by nmsindy on 11th May 2007

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I thought this was an excellent puzzle from Dysart who debuted in the Listener last year and has since appeared twice in the Indy, this being the second one, and also very recently in the EV in the Sunday Telegraph. I really liked it, found the clues top-drawer, and hope we’ll see more.

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Inquisitor 17 – Subject to Change / Charybdis

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 4th May 2007

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Solving time: c. 80 mins

A fairly gentle puzzle this one – thematic clues just lead to phrases of words associated with the school subjects mentioned. Enumerations for these indicated which phrases had an AND that wasn’t included in the grid – or they did for those paying closer attention than me. Quite a lot of clues here were no more complicated than you’d expect in a daily paper puzzle, so I suspect some people ripped though this, and those who think Inquisitor puzzles have a duty to be easy should be happy with this one. I think I filled the grid without Chambers, though two rather careless answers needed correcting while writing this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor #16/Post Lottery by Loda

Posted by loonapick on 27th April 2007

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Solvers’ hint #1: Check the date before tackling a crossword – sometimes it makes the theme blindingly obvious very quickly.Bloggers’ hint #1: If you take your crossword folder on a plane, complete with solution and notes, remember to remove said folder from the seat pocket in front of you on exiting the plane!

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Inquisitor 15 – Space by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 20th April 2007

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Solving time: 43 minutes – and should have been faster

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Inquisitor #14/Just in Case by Nutmeg

Posted by loonapick on 13th April 2007

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Just in time for Easter, Nutmeg provided us with a crossword about that most ubiquitous of nannies, Mary Poppins although more exactly, it was based on one word used in that movie.

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