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Inquisitor 1289: The Sound of Music by Nutmeg

Posted by duncanshiell on 17th July 2013

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Nutmeg is a fairly prolific setter in the Inquisitor series with a slightly quirky line in themes.

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Inquisitor 1288: Matters in Particular by Radler

Posted by HolyGhost on 10th July 2013

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Welcome to Radler … with a large number of clues and a long preamble:
 
      “Sixteen thematic items in eleven answers: one is the theme; two are the person that coined it; six are types of the theme; four are characteristics of the theme, and three are varieties of one of those characteristics.” Also we have some extra letters to be removed before solving, spelling out a quotation omitting one of the sixteen items. And then some information about unchecked & mutually checking letters. (This last addition proved to be largely redundant.)

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Inquisitor 1287: Tour de Farce by Eclogue

Posted by kenmac on 3rd July 2013

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Preamble: Six characters have taken part in a crime. each clue contains a misprint in the definition, the correct letters of which in clue order spell out their alter egos and a thematic title. In accordance with the theme, five of the criminals (who otherwise appear ‘straight’) should be ‘rubbed out’ sequentially, leaving the surviving sixth whose name should be highlighted.

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Inquisitor 1286: Main Entry by Ferret

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th June 2013

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Inquisitor 1285: The B*stard by Chalicea

Posted by duncanshiell on 19th June 2013

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This is Chalicea’s fourth puzzle to appear in the Inquisitor series.

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Inquisitor 1284: A to Z by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 12th June 2013

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Anyone who thought that Schadenfreude might be getting tired – think again!
 
I find it impossible to paraphrase the preamble, so here it is in full:
      “One letter must be changed in the definition part of eight clues. The new letter must be removed from the answer before it is entered in the grid in titular fashion. Each of these grid entries is a jumbled example of a 10dn 1ac. The initial letters of the unjumbled examples can be arranged to form another example (X), for which (disregarding 19) the title cryptically provides temporal confirmation. An instruction relating to X which will enable grid completion is spelt out by single letters to be removed from the other 34 clues, never leaving a non-word.”
 
Quite a lot going on here!

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Inquisitor 1283: Office Issue by Ifor

Posted by kenmac on 5th June 2013

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Preamble: 36 clues each contain one word which must have a letter removed, and those remaining rearranged to form a new word before solving. Discarded letters from the across clues spell out how a confused individual (who may be seen wandering in the grid and should be highlighted) might describe himself; those from the down clues a comment he might make about the answers to the five remaining clues and their relationship to five titles. Solvers must write the relevant item from another title (bearing in mind that of the puzzle) underneath the grid.

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Inquisitor 1282: 5 DOWN by Kruger

Posted by Hihoba on 29th May 2013

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Wordplay in each of several clues yields a single extra letter which (omitting one keyword) spell out a phrase that was an integral part of 5 Down. The influence of this unclued entry has affected eight answers but, taking the phrase into account, another entry (which might otherwise be considered thematic) has been unaffected and must be highlighted.

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Inquisitor 1281: Y Z by Samuel

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd May 2013

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The preamble for Y Z by Samuel was not too long.  It stated "Six clues contain partial wordplay only; the remainder of the wordplay could be given by a two-word phrase Y Z.  In 30 further clues, the wordplay leads to the answer plus an extra letter not to entered into the grid; these give Y Z #1.  Y Z #2 makes up the unclued part of the perimeter; its unchecked letters could give PIP LIKES ICECAP.  Four entries clued without definition may be combined to give Y Z #3 and must be highlighted.

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Inquisitor 1280: Cut Short by Nudd

Posted by HolyGhost on 15th May 2013

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In 21 clues, a word in the definition was cut short, and wrongly corrected with a different ending. The first letters of each original correct string reveal a quotation that points to 10 unclued entries. We have to highlight “the appropriately numbered grid entry”.
 
A novel device to generate the letters in the quotation, which would seem to make matters more difficult …

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Inquisitor 1279: Security Question by Charybdis

Posted by kenmac on 8th May 2013

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Preamble: Clues are arranged in alphabetical order of answers. Cells numbered 1 to 13 spell out a security question. 13 similarly arranged cells (including four shared clashing cells) will reveal the mistranscribed response. Solvers must consider the original response when choosing the more appropriate of two possible sets of instructions. Charybdis recommends following these instructions for real. A resulting line drawing will help solvers, who must finally decide how to shade these 22 cells using two colours, and hence resolve the four clashes.

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Inquisitor 1278: MISPRINTS by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 1st May 2013

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Twelve across and thirteen down clues have a single letter misprinted in their definitions, the correct letters being different in each case. A description of the “missing” letter, symmetrically disposed, must be highlighted in the completed grid.

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Inquisitor 1277: The Long View by Wickball

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th April 2013

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This week’s Inquisitor has a new setter – Wickball.  Welcome Sir [or Madam]

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Inquisitor 1276: Fundamental Error by Lato

Posted by HolyGhost on 17th April 2013

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Eleven corrections to definitions spell a phrase explaining 10 unclued entries. The remaining unclued entry (defining the phrase) would “in normal cryptic crossword usage, regard Lato’s interpretation as erroneous.”
 
Don’t really understand that last bit, but let’s crack on.

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Inquisitor 1275: Divisions by Stan

Posted by kenmac on 10th April 2013

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Preamble: The wordplay in each clue leads to the answer plus an extra letter. These letters, in clue order, suggest how solvers should draw six straight lines, including two for guidance, and highlight 30 cells in the completed grid.

So, not much to do regarding the grid fill though I found identifying some of the extra letters a bit tricky.

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