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Inquisitor 1272: ? by Anax

Posted by HolyGhost on 20th March 2013

HolyGhost.

A first time out for Anax in the Inquisitor series.
 
Twelve answers, each clued without a definition, are of a kind. Their characters fall into two groups (as indicated in their clues); the members of the two groups are similar, but “?” is missing from the second group. We need to identify “?”; the (definitionless) 4d might be helpful.

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Inquisitor 1271: Voyager by Regson

Posted by kenmac on 13th March 2013

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Preamble: This puzzle marks a classic voyage. Solvers must shade both the name and the destination of the voyager. In clue order, the first letters of the single extra words in most clues give an additional instruction. One entry is an abbreviation.

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Inquisitor 1270: 19/116 by Raich

Posted by Hihoba on 6th March 2013

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A very brief numerical title, which I couldn’t check until I completed the whole crossword.

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Inquisitor 1269: Work in Progress by Gila

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th February 2013

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This is Gila’s second appearance as an Inquisitor setter.  His first puzzle was number 1240 ‘Solve for X and Y’ which I was also lucky enough to blog.

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Inquisitor 1268: Ply by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 20th February 2013

HolyGhost.

A welcome return to Schadenfreude – you kinda know what you’re getting.
 
The rubric is clear: ten answers, having something in common, are encrypted using a 26-letter phrase, the nth letter of which replaces the nth letter of the alphabet.

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Inquisitor 1267: Woodchuck Puzzle by Plench

Posted by kenmac on 13th February 2013

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Preamble: Five answers must be amended as suggested by a thematic phrase (two words, to be deduced in part, and highlighted). Chambers recognises two meanings for this phrase. Appropriate to the first meaning (in which two alternatives are implied), an element of the phrase is subject to a ‘timely’ interruption (six cells, to be highlighted). In choosing whether or not to highlight a further six cells, solvers must opt for the alternative that is also more consistent with the second meaning.

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Inquisitor 1266: WOODCHUCK PUZZLE by Plench

Posted by Hihoba on 6th February 2013

Hihoba.

Another first time setter – welcome Plench! The rubric read:

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Inquisitor 1265: A-trocity by Shark

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th January 2013

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Shark has set a number of Inquisitor puzzles and each has been very satisfying.  I blogged one focused on Socrates and his comment that he didn’t know there were so many things he could do without.  Having glanced at many catalogues and websites over the Christmas period, I can tell him that nothing has changed.

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Inquisitor 1264: Centre Forward by Ferret

Posted by HolyGhost on 23rd January 2013

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I rather enjoyed Ferret‘s two previous Inquisitor puzzles – and I enjoyed this one too, though it proved less difficult than it first seemed. The grid is 9 × 13, and essentially split into left & right with almost negligible overlap. Clues are paired, separated by an extra word, the first answer being entered on the left, the second in the mirror image slot on the right.
 
“All entries are consistent with the theme so solvers will have to make one square do double duty and will need to withdraw some entries entirely.” {Remove, or enter R to L? That’s for us to discover.} Initial letters of the extra [separating] words define a phrase (4,4) to be entered in the barred off central column.

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Inquisitor 1263: Brain Transplant by Samuel

Posted by kenmac on 16th January 2013

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Preamble: Across and down answers clash in 10 cells. Read from left to right, these give a case of mistaken identity, which must be resolved in favour of the correct identity, the mistaken one being discarded. One clued entry gives leading information. Eight across and twelve down clues contain a superfluous letter or word to be removed before solving. Across removals give the title of the thematic work; down removals give the creators of two highlighted literary examples of similarly correct identities.

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Inquisitor 1262: WARM INSIDE by eXternal

Posted by Hihoba on 9th January 2013

Hihoba.

A new setter this week – eXternal (not quite sure why the strange capitalisation).  Standard rubric with wordplay leading to extra letters which led to a quote and the quoter. We had to find a group (including the quoter) in the grid.

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Inquisitor 1261: DIY Card by Rasputin

Posted by duncanshiell on 2nd January 2013

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Rasputin is the pseudonym of a group of three crossword setters (Artix, Chalicea and Ilver).  I only know that because Chalicea admitted to their composition by commenting on a previous Inquisitor crossword by Rasputin.  This is Rasputin’s third apperarance in the Inquisitor series (previously 1170 and 1223).

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Inquisitor puzzles – 2012 favourites

Posted by HolyGhost on 31st December 2012

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Having aggregated the “votes” for the most favoured Inquisitor puzzles of 2012, I can now reveal the outcome:
 
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The Inquisitor Puzzles 2012 – A Review by Nimrod

Posted by Admin on 31st December 2012

Admin.

2012 was, I hope you’ll agree, a great year for the Inquisitor Crossword. As we roll on into another year and with plenty more excellent puzzles already in production, I hope you won’t mind my recording thanks to all the brilliantly inventive setters involved, from the “old hands” like Schadenfreude, Lato and Kruger, to the “new kids on the block” like Shark, Jambazi and Gila; as well as bloggers, commenters, editors and my invaluable solving team.

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Inquisitor 1260: Inevitably! by Glow-worm

Posted by HolyGhost on 26th December 2012

HolyGhost.

Haven’t seen Glow-worm for nearly a year now, so welcome back. I’ll be hiking on Gran Canaria when this comes out, and won’t be checking any comments until I return.
 
Each of seven clues has “ingested” an object, just like the 18a. Each object forms the first element of a two-part phrase, the second element of which provides one of the shaded (not!) spaces in the grid. In conventional order, the “ingestions” lead to an inevitable outcome: 1a, 36a!

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