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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Inquisitor 57 26 ACROSS by Phi

Posted by Hihoba on 8th February 2008

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After three pretty difficult ones, this was a bit of relief.
Most of the “normal” clues were pretty strightforward. One piece of wordplay eluded me for a long time – “Fourteenth place on the crawl” for barn. I’m still not entirely convinced about my explanation below (21A).

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Inquisitor 56 THREESOMES by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 2nd February 2008

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It’s always difficult starting a puzzle with several different clues types. Here we had extra words in eight clues, misprints in six and no definition in two. That still leaves plenty of normal clues. I usually scan the clues hoping to find the normal ones first. Once there are a few letters in the grid the thematic clues are often easier to work out. This process threw up a couple of the extra words quite quickly. Having found dame, billionaire and slugger I realised that looking for similar descriptions of people might be fruitful. It was and the grid started to fall into place. What took me longer was the theme itself. I had tentatively penciled in EVERAGE for one of the unlued entries realising it fitted with dame. I then got 23a, DANE and saw that it was an anagram of EDNA. A couple of glances at the grid gave MARTIN as a possible answer fitting with DEAN (a crooner) another anagram of DANE.

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Inquisitor 55 SLOPING OFF by Kea

Posted by Hihoba on 25th January 2008

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This was a corker!! I’m still not completely convinced that we’ve got it right, but here goes.

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Inquisitor 54 – Seasonal Show by Loda

Posted by duncanshiell on 17th January 2008

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The clues for this Seasonal Show were presented in three blocks:

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Inquisitor 53 SOME OF THE THINGS by Quixote

Posted by Hihoba on 11th January 2008

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It’s that time of year! “In the Bleak Midwinter” last week and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” this week.

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