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Inquisitor 1322: Any Other Name by Nutmeg

Posted by Hihoba on 5th March 2014

Hihoba.

The clues were normal this week, no extra or missing letters and no hidden message to discover. The rubric read:

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Inquisitor 1321: Note by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th February 2014

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When you see the name Schadenfreude you can be sure that you are going get a challenging but scrupulously fair puzzle with a number of layers to peel away as you work your way through to the conclusion.

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Inquisitor 1320: From There to Where? by Samuel

Posted by HolyGhost on 19th February 2014

HolyGhost.

Seven entries are “starting points” (towns, cities, countries) clued in alphabetical order by wordplay only, and seven rhyming “destinations” are not clued at all. Extra letters in the wordplay of 33 clues spell a similar rhyming journey whose “optimistic” destination is to be highlighted in the grid.
 
The final “starting point” came immediately …

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Inquisitor 1319: What are you Doing? by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 12th February 2014

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Preamble: Each answer must have a letter removed, wherever it occurs, before entry in the grid. Definitions refer to the original answers; wordplay and letter-counts refer to the mutilated forms entered in the grid. In order, these omitted letters give an instruction to solvers.

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Inquisitor 1318: Variations on an Original Theme by Syd Lexis

Posted by Hihoba on 5th February 2014

Hihoba.

We last met Syd Lexis in Inquisitor 1249, more than a year ago. Welcome back! A long preamble indicated the importance of 1A and 1D:

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Inquisitor 1317: Who’s the Daddy by Eclogue

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th January 2014

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This is Eclogue’s third puzzle in The Inquisitor series, but I haven’t blogged either of the previous ones.

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Inquisitor 1316: Swingers by Lato

Posted by HolyGhost on 22nd January 2014

HolyGhost.

A long preamble, paraphrased: Two unclued entries describe how 11 thematic answers have to be changed before entry. (In one case there’s a double change, and answer & entry lead to an anagram of an otherwise regular answer – to be highlighted.) Extra single words in 11 regular clues define the thematic entries.
 
OK – dive in to the regular clues and see what gives.

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Inquisitor 1315: Affliction by ‘Eck

Posted by kenmac on 15th January 2014

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Preamble:  A number of clues are afflicted and solvers are advised to follow an expert’s remedy. Having initially found the expert and the affliction, solvers must highlight the remedy in the grid (38 cells).

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Inquisitor Review 2012-13, part 2: the Results

Posted by Admin on 10th January 2014

Admin.

Groundhog Year

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Inquisitor 1314: Rhyme by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 8th January 2014

Hihoba.

A relatively short rubric:

Solvers are to enact a rhyme, leaving the grid with twelve empty cells. The wordplay generated by one clue overlooks five consecutive letters which carry out a supporting role and must be highlighted. Ignoring spaces all grid entries are real words, proper names or phrases.

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Inquisitor 1313: Leading Light by Nudd

Posted by duncanshiell on 2nd January 2014

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There was quite a long preamble to this seasonal offering from Nudd.  The preamble stated " Along with a riddle-like motto reading HI HI HI – IN BAD TRAFFIC I FLY, my Christmas cracker contained this shoddily produced crossword.  I found that two answers exceed their allotted space (letter count is entry length), so had to find a way to accommodate them.  Furthermore, a lost letter from each of 24 clues had to be reinstated before solving – though these letters did generate an instruction which allowed me to complete the puzzle."

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Inquisitor Review 2012-13 by Nimrod

Posted by Admin on 31st December 2013

Admin.

It was another fantastic year of Inquisitors in this crossword centenary year, for which, on behalf of the solving team, I’d like to thank the ever-ingenious compilers; also to say how much we’ve enjoyed solving the submissions. We wish we could have shared many more great puzzles with you, but there are only 52 weeks in the year! Of course, dear solvers, you’ll see these puzzles in due course, many in 2014…

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Inquisitor 1312: Shortfall by Phi

Posted by HolyGhost on 27th December 2013

HolyGhost.

It’s a while since I blogged one of Phi‘s puzzles. And before I start, let me wish everyone a happy festive season – I’ll be trekking & camping in the Anti-Atlas (so no internet, obviously).
 
      Apart from 14 definition-only answers, all the clues are ordinary (no extra/missing letters/words) for a change. These 14 answers “can be fitted into the seven highlighted rows in pairs, but only after thematic material has been removed.”
 
{Our kitchen now has cabinets and a working sink & cooker – marvellous; however, worktops etc. will have to wait until the new year.}

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Inquisitor 1311: Transfer Window by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 18th December 2013

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Preamble: Mistakes made in the construction of the grid have resulted in some answers being too long for their allotted space and an equal number being too short. Fortunately, by transferring parts of the long answers to the short ones, the grid can be completed – transferred sections and resulting entries all being real words. Numbers in brackets refer to grid entries, but indications of multiple words refer to the original answer.

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Inquisitor 1310: Scepticism by Hypnos

Posted by Hihoba on 11th December 2013

Hihoba.

After the horrors of 1309, (still unfinished at the time of writing) we were hoping for something a little more simple this week, and so it turned out. A first read through on the train, without benefit of dictionaries or other aids, yielded a fair smattering of answers, including UGANDA and UNDUE at 11 and 13 across. So UU appeared near the start of one of the unclued answers – not promising! It was only much later that I realised what this should have told me.

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