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Inquisitor 1333: Gamble by Gila

Posted by duncanshiell on 21st May 2014

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This Inquisitor by Gila brought back a few memories of evenings sat in front of the television.

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Inquisitor 1332: Self-Reference by Hypnos

Posted by HolyGhost on 14th May 2014

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A welcome return by Hypnos.
 
      Thematically, 32 clues have a superfluous letter in a jumbled word in the definition part; these letters spell out the theme, illustrated by five equal groups of letters to be highlighted in the grid. Five other clues have a redundant word, each mapping onto one of those groups.

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Inquisitor 1331: Operation by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 7th May 2014

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Preamble: Clues are presented in alphabetical order of their answers, word lengths referring to the space allocated to them. The operation of one of the two unclued entries (2 words) has had an effect that must be reflected in the completed grid. Ignoring spaces, pre and post-operational entries are real words or proper nouns, two verifiable by the ODE. Initial use of pencil is recommended.

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Inquisitor 1330: Ninety Four by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 30th April 2014

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A short preamble told us we had some “abbreviation” to do, and enter two letters in lower case.

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Inquisitor 1329: Insert Cut by Augeas

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd April 2014

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This is Augeas’ third Inquisitor puzzle, but the first one that I have blogged.  Holy Ghost blogged the previous two.

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Inquisitor 1328: Tribute to X by Lato

Posted by HolyGhost on 16th April 2014

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Another long preamble from Lato … 11 entries are unnumbered – thematic or unclued, so about 20%. It’s all about X: thematics cryptically reveal the identity; unclued give a description, field of activity, achievements, what was often completed, a vital aid. Full name & title to be written below. (Oh, and something fiddly going on with 4 – what’s that all about?)
 
Need to solve the clues to understand the preamble, need to understand the preamble to sort out the entries. Let’s crack on.

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Inquisitor 1327: Returning by Shark

Posted by kenmac on 9th April 2014

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Preamble: The correct letters from misprinted definitions in 20 clues spell out a returning instruction. Solvers must change the contents of 18 cells, always revealing real words.

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Inquisitor 1326: Caught in the Act by Ferret

Posted by Hihoba on 2nd April 2014

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The grid was only 11×11, there were no extra or missing letters, no hidden messages, just six unclued entries and two hidden words to find. I found it pretty easy, despite the longish preamble.

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Inquisitor 1325: Stopping Service by Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th March 2014

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There was a long preamble to this Inquisitor puzzle by Phi.  It stated:

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Inquisitor 1324: Baby Talk by Chalicea

Posted by HolyGhost on 19th March 2014

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Two unclued part-quotations, the first being completed by extra letters in the wordplay of each clue. The surname of the author of the second is to be highlighted in the grid.
 
The top & middle rows are shaded blue (for a boy?), and the bottom one is pink (for a girl?) …

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Inquisitor 1323: Achieve Dead Boxer’s Struggle by Ifor

Posted by kenmac on 12th March 2014

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Preamble: A quotation suggests why a number of shorter words each forming part of an answer must be replaced by other words, not always of the same length. Numbers in brackets give entry lengths. Unchecked letters within these replacement words can be arranged to form the name of a thematic character to be written under the grid. Solvers must make purely nominal changes to two other clues before solving. Finally a group of eight cells must be highlighted, so resolving the title.

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Inquisitor 1322: Any Other Name by Nutmeg

Posted by Hihoba on 5th March 2014

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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

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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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