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Inquisitor 1352: Identity Crisis by Jago

Posted by HolyGhost on 1st October 2014

HolyGhost.

The editor refers to the “IQ debutant Jago“, but, assuming there’s only one setter that goes by that name, he’s produced well over 20 puzzles in the last 40 years for The Listener alone. (The last one I attempted was on Boxing Day, 2009, which involved folding the completed grid into the classic ‘bird with flapping wings’.) Anyway, on with this carte blanche …
 
“The grid should be appropriately filled by correctly locating the solutions to the normal, correctly numbered clues. Numbers are not essential in the completed grid, which displays 180° symmetry, but their inclusion may assist solvers in arriving at the solution.”

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Inquisitor 1351: How to spell CAT by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 24th September 2014

kenmac.

Preamble: Six words, occupying three rows of the grid in total, are clued without their common definition. Using that common definition, with particular reference to one of the six and an answer elsewhere in the grid, each of the three rows can be converted into a letter, spelling the word to be entered below the puzzle. Failed attempts at spelling will need to be removed from clues before solving, adjusting punctuation and spacing where necessary.

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Inquisitor 1350: 3 Down by Charybdis

Posted by Hihoba on 17th September 2014

Hihoba.

This one was not so difficult as the last masterpiece of misdirection we had to blog (Soprano by Pointer) where we had to be corrected by johnsurdy!

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Inquisitor 1349: Walk This -> Way by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on 10th September 2014

duncanshiell.

The preamble for Ifor’s puzzle – Walk This ¬>Way told us that "Row clues must  each be divided at some point and the parts used to generate two answers.  Each must be modified before entry, one change applying to the first and another to the second of each pair.  Solvers needing a pointer may find the title useful.  The letter involved in the modification to each answer must be highlighted to show a relevant phrase.  The first part of this phrase must be applied to one word in each odd-numbered Column clue before solving and the second part to those of even numbers; all their answers are entered normally".

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Inquisitor 1348: Reset by Shark

Posted by HolyGhost on 3rd September 2014

HolyGhost.

I reckon we’ve had the tough one for this quintet, so this puzzle from Shark should be easy or moderate – but there are no guarantees.
 
“A thematic reference appears in 8 across entries: if the reference is the entire entry, then there is no definition; if it’s a part of the entry, then the reference isn’t indicated by the wordplay. The unclued [yellow] column is integral to 6 examples of the theme that must be highlighted (23 cells). In order to reset a further example, two unchecked letters in a single entry must be swapped.”

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Inquisitor 1347: Soprano by Pointer

Posted by Hihoba on 27th August 2014

Hihoba.

This was the first offering from Pointer, and a very nice puzzle it was too. The preamble was pretty complex:

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Inquisitor 1346: Strides by Schadenfreude

Posted by kenmac on 20th August 2014

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Preamble: Clashes in 12 cells must be replaced by a number from 1 to 12, different in each case. Corrections to misprints in 13 clues whose answers are entered normally describe the rule for number selection. Numbers in brackets refer to the lengths of grid entries.

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Inquisitor 1345: Wide Boy by Kruger

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th August 2014

duncanshiell.

Kruger is a prolific Inquisitor setter.  The index on this site tells me that he/she already has twenty under his/her belt.

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Inquisitor 1344: IQ Test by Samuel

Posted by HolyGhost on 6th August 2014

HolyGhost.

Wordplay in 13 clues leads to the answer minus one letter (unchecked). Wordplay for the others leads to the entry plus one letter – these give part of a quotation. The full quotation explains the ambiguities, and one speaker to whom the quotation is sometimes attributed indicates how to resolve them in an orderly fashion.
 
Another asymmetric grid; and another Samuel puzzle for me to blog. (BTW I’ll be on holiday when this comes out – see you all later in August.)

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Inquisitor 1343: Partly Connected by Lato

Posted by kenmac on 30th July 2014

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Preamble: Nine (3 groups of three) answers are partly thematic. These are each clued with a single letter definition misprint which, when corrected, reveal a location for a possible sighting. Redundant single letters given by wordplay in 17 other clues spell out three words which, when 22, supplement each group. Someone who connects the three groups cryptically suggests a normally clued answer, which must be highlighted. Two answers are abbreviations.

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Inquisitor 1342: Omen by Nutmeg

Posted by Hihoba on 23rd July 2014

Hihoba.

I was expecting an easy one after the succession of high Moh (hardness scale) Inquisitors lately. No such luck!

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Inquisitor 1341: Circling the Square by Ferret

Posted by duncanshiell on 16th July 2014

duncanshiell.

Ferret is a fairly regular setter in the Inquisitor series these days.

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Inquisitor 1340: Strange Hobby by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 9th July 2014

HolyGhost.

He’s back – Schadenfreude never stays away very long, 7½ weeks on average. One clue per column (except the edges) has a misprinted definition, and corrections are to be entered in the top row. Five items are missing (thanks to the entry in the bottom row) and they are to be replaced to complete the grid, which contains only real words or phrases.
 
The first thing I notice is that the grid is asymmetric; then I spot that three of the down entries that start in the first ‘real’ row have no clues. Hmm.

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Inquisitor 1339: The Man with a Gun by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 2nd July 2014

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Preamble: Crossing answers make 18 down appear a non-word – it must be replaced by the acronym given by the longer down answers (five words in total), while retaining real words in the grid. The fictional character in the acronym also lent his name to a form of joke exemplified by italicised across clues, although for pragmatic reasons a different part of speech has been used in most of the associated entries. Four symmetrically placed down entries are entered unconventionally; single-letter corrections to misprinted definitions in eleven other clues explain what has happened.

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Inquisitor 1338: Septet by Dysart

Posted by Hihoba on 25th June 2014

Hihoba.

A glance at the grid, and I expected an alphabetical jigsaw, but the rubric told us otherwise:

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