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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

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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

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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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Inquisitor

Posted by Admin on 6th December 2013

Admin.

Following recent feedback, the editor has asked me to let you know that, as from tomorrow, this puzzle will appear on the inside back page of the Sport section.

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Inquisitor 1309: A Position of Safety? by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 4th December 2013

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The preamble for this puzzle by Nimrod stated that "Yes, in one case (enemy repulsed); no, in another (enemy just maybe appropriately positioned).  The 43 cells containing letters that are ignored in clue wordplay (up to 4 letters per answer) must be highlighted to tell both stories.  One answer is a verbal back-formation from an entry in Collins. ODE justifies some other non-Chambers entries/usages."

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Inquisitor 1308: 27X by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 27th November 2013

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Schadenfreude for me again … and another highly asymmetric grid (with a large number of clues).
 
      “18 misprinted definitions give what must appear in the completed grid; one character in each of 7 columns has to be changed. Single letter removals from remaining clues give thematic information plus a title. All real words etc.” Also noted are 7 completely barred off cells – so they’ll be in the 7 columns then.
 
Our kitchen is being gutted at the moment so time on the puzzle (& the blog) is sporadic – please forgive any brevity.

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Inquisitor 1307: Storm Front by Jambazi

Posted by kenmac on 20th November 2013

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Preamble: Sixteen cells in the completed grid, forming three interconnected straight lines, spell out a work (without its definite articles) and its format. Each clue contains a superfluous word: taken in order, the initial letters of these words spell out instructions which solvers must follow to reveal a representation of the work. One answer is in Collins but not other standard references.

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Inquisitor 1306: TRUSTS IN MEN by Wan

Posted by Hihoba on 13th November 2013

Hihoba.

A new setter this week, welcome Wan.

The rubric was “Twelve clues contain a thematic object which must be discarded before solving. Twelve other clues contain one in disguise which must also be discarded before solving. Answers to the remaining twelve clues must be modified before entry to form one (highlighting these twelve lights is optional but may be helpful).”

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Inquisitor 1305: Take… by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th November 2013

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The preamble for this puzzle by Nimrod (John Henderson, editor of the Inquisitor series and prolific crossword compiler for all of the cream of the national dailies and many other publications) stated "To celebrate a personal milestone, I plan to "sample" "a few" ales today.  In the grid, each of four answers describes a pair of others and the four pairs must be used in conjunction with the title of the puzzle to deduce an alternative four-word title (18 letters) to be written under the grid.  Wordplay in half of the clues generates a single extra letter not to be entered in the grid.  Taken in order, these letters spell a relevant rhetorical question."

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Inquisitor 1304: The Great Divide by Samuel

Posted by HolyGhost on 30th October 2013

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Two unclued entries (top row right, bottom row left) separated by a third (~middle row), and then six links (40 other cells) to be highlighted; extra single letters in the wordplay of 15 clues spell “those similarly separated”.
 
A rather asymmetric grid, with the two-letter entry at 41d immediately catching my attention …

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Inquisitor 1303: Persuasion by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 23rd October 2013

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Preamble: Starting at an unchecked square in the top row, the clockwise perimeter contains a 7-word non-English phrase. Unchecked letters, including corners, rearrange to give I SUB A HAIRCUT. Four clues omit a shared thematic definition. The other 34 clues include a word or phrase defining or hinting at a pair of letters (e.g. ‘acid test’ for PH, ‘not down’ for UP, ‘much joy’ for JO); these pairs in clue order give a version of the English original.

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Inquisitor 1302: Post Mortem by Ifor

Posted by Hihoba on 16th October 2013

Hihoba.

A complicated rubric, giving little away!

Down clues must undergo schism, generating a pair of answers in the order shown. Solvers must respond to a request in ODQ when entering across answers, and then “deconsecrate” (by emptying) the cell at the centre of the coded location of the key event. The five cells involved must be highlighted and the relevant year written under the grid, together with the unencoded location.

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Inquisitor 1301: Epitaph by Ferret

Posted by duncanshiell on 9th October 2013

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The preamble told us that ‘the author associated with a well-known character appears in the initial grid, depicting a gravestone.  Where an answer contains any of three thematic letters, the wordplay in the clue does not indicate those letters, though definition and grid entry are normal.  Remaining clues contain a misprint which must be corrected before solving; the corrections and the misprints provide a two word phrase linking the thematic letters and the character.  To finish the character solvers must exchange two thematic letters for two others and highlight the resulting representation of the epitaph."  

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