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Inquisitor 56 THREESOMES by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 2nd February 2008

Colin Blackburn.

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

Hihoba.

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

Hihoba.

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

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Inquisitor 52/Noel by Schadenfreude

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 4th January 2008

Colin Blackburn.

This looked like it was going to be a tough puzzle but the theme dropped out quickly and helped me to fill in most of the answers. Initially I considered that Noel might be some devius trick like “No el” but it turns out it was more straightforwardly Christmassy.

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Inquisitor 51 – For the record … by Eddie

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 28th December 2007

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Solving time: a couple of hours, maybe a bit less.

Experienced Inquisitor solvers will know already that Eddie (from Eddie the Eagle, referring to the Indie masthead as well as the ski-jumper) is one of Mike Laws’s pseudonyms. As a quick bit of maths based on the preamble suggested, the phrase to be found in the extra letters in wordplay is: THOUSANDTH CROSSWORD IN OUR WEEKLY SERIES. I can remember tackling the first, and although I haven’t by any means solved the lot in between, this puzzle has provided lots of pleaure over the years.

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Inquisitor 50 – Who’s Who by Dimitry

Posted by duncanshiell on 20th December 2007

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There were three important parts to the preamble:

1. Every across clue lacked a definition and the wordplay generated a word which could be associated with the entry at that number – i.e the actual entries had to be deduced.

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Inquisitor 49 – CHANGING PLACES by Loda

Posted by Hihoba on 14th December 2007

Hihoba.

Good  Crossword by Loda! Ten countries  with new names had to be written as their old names in the grid, and ten old names had to be substituted for their new names before the clues could be solved, which explains the title.
Unusually, I spotted the theme after solving only two clues. A record for me! I confess to Googling for old/new pairs as Geography was never my strong suit. I used http://www.winentrance.com/channame.asp, which led to a problem understanding the clue for Myanmar, as they have mis-spelled it Mayanmar. I should have been wary as they also have countries called Hollad and Sam!!
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Inquisitor 48 – But how is it done? by Phi

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 7th December 2007

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Solving time: about 90 mins, mostly without books.

A fairly easy puzzle this, without anything too fiendish as a last step. My biggest problem was leaving my copy on a train after writing up about half of this report. A couple of other Inquisitor bloggers came up trumps, so my panic was fairly brief.

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Inquisitor 47 – Missing Letter by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th November 2007

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The preamble stated that ‘before solving, one letter must be changed in the definition part of 25 clues, the new letters all being different.  The missing 26th letter is to be revealed as required by the completed grid.”

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Inquisitor 46, Royalty by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 23rd November 2007

Colin Blackburn.

By the time you read this I should be at the top of Manau Kea in Hawaii.
Unless I turn out to get altitude sickness in which case I’ll be in a bar in Hilo!

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Inquisitor 45 – THE ARCHERS

Posted by Hihoba on 16th November 2007

Hihoba.

Reasonably easy theme to spot, the title referring to the colours of the rainbow arch (Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain). Most clues quite straightforward, but a bit muddling was the use of INDIGO both as the missing colour and as part of the blue sequence.

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New Inquisitor bloggers

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 15th November 2007

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Colin’s comment on no. 44 reminds me that there’s some good news.  My appeal for Inquisitor bloggers was successful and we now have a team of four. Colin is one, and another is “hihoba” who’s responsible for tomorrow’s report on no. 45.  I don’t know the blogging name for the fourth person yet, but you should see them all in action over the next three weeks, and I’m sure the new two will soon have details on the Bloggers page.

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Inquisitor 44 – Missing letters by Mynot

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 15th November 2007

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Solving time: 2-3 hours for the clues…

Time to admit defeat on this one – I can’t see the last step. The instruction provided by the missing letters in clues is “Colour correctly cells containing theme letters”. The theme is to be ‘deduced by observation’ and has one letter obscured by the central black square. Well I’ve stared at the puzzle for quite a while on several occasions and apart from lots of words with H/I/P/C in them – HIPPIC, PITHY, CHIPPY and so on – I can’t see anything, so I await the inevitable comment telling me how easy the theme and last step are.

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Inquisitor 44 – patience please

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 10th November 2007

petebiddlecombe.

There will unfortunately be a delay on Inqusitor 44. ‘loonapick’ hasn’t had time to do this puzzle and has decided to stop writing reports. So hold on while I tackle the puzzle. The good news is that we have three new volunteers for Inquisitor reports, so we’ll continue with a team of four.  And thanks to loonapick for the work he’s put in for most of the first Inquisitor year.

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