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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

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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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Inquisitor 1300: Alphanumerics by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 2nd October 2013

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Inquisitor 1300 … setter Schadenfreude … are we in for a treat?
 
      I paraphrase the preamble: Ten clues with an extra letter in the wordplay, and eleven with a letter missing from the wordplay; these letters spell out the first 3 words of a 7-word phrase. The full phrase appears in the grid (Left to Right, Top to Bottom) & is to be highlighted, revealing the last 4 words in an alternative way.

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Inquisitor 1299: Truly Wonderful by Lato

Posted by kenmac on 25th September 2013

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Preamble: The phrase made by two of the eleven (highlighted) thematic entries taken together describes associations of six others, when placed in the correct order. (These associations incorporate the full set.) Associations of the remaining three entries make up a related event. Entries with their associations are each defined by a single extra word in nine clues. Corrected one letter definition misprints in eleven other clues can be arranged to reveal a starting point (2 words) which must be written under the grid.

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Inquisitor 1298: A Win for Surrey by Nudd

Posted by Hihoba on 18th September 2013

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Two blogs in a row from me, in return for two from Duncan in June to accommodate our respective holidays. Another tricky one this week, Nudd having come up with another novel way of indicating initial letters to form a quotation.

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Inquisitor 1297: Adaptation by Shark

Posted by Hihoba on 11th September 2013

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After three weeks of relatively gentle Inquisitors, we got a much more challenging one from Shark! (Chambers has challenge as : a task, undertaking, etc to test one’s powers and capabilities to the full.)

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Inquisitor 1296: Twelve by Raich

Posted by HolyGhost on 4th September 2013

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After 3 or 4 puzzles towards the easy end of the spectrum, I was expecting something fierce, to spill over into Monday’s public holiday (‘UK – not Scotland’). The rubric was brief & simple:
 
      Eight normal clues, plus 15 with an extra letter in the wordplay, and 15 with a letter missing from the wordplay. These letters spell out 4 members of a set, the other 8 being unclued entries. What links them all is to be highlighted (9 letters).

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Inquisitor 1295: Waiter by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 28th August 2013

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Preamble: Unnumbered, unclued down entries have something in common with the individual given by the three unclued across answers in order, thanks to 6 down (also unclued). The link is given by the word formed from surplus wordplay given in fifteen clues.

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Inquisitor 1294: Barriers by Samuel

Posted by Hihoba on 21st August 2013

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A long preamble but, as Nimrod indicated in his paragraph on “The regulars”, this was a mild offering from Samuel. Across clues with extra letters, plus seven wordplay-only surnames. Normal Down clues. The owners of the surnames crossed barriers. Unclued thematic left and right columns and central column barrier.

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Inquisitor 1293: What They Do by Kruger

Posted by duncanshiell on 14th August 2013

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Kruger is becoming a regular setter in the Inquisitor series.

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Inquisitor 1292: Revelation by eXternal

Posted by HolyGhost on 7th August 2013

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I’ll be away when this blog is published, so won’t be responding for about a week.
 
      “In 14 overlong answers, two letters must be entered in one cell; in 20 other clues, the definition has a misprint and the correct letters give a message. The final grid will have one empty cell.” This is eXternal‘s second puzzle in this series, and I reckon it was a pretty tough one …

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Inquisitor 1291: Babel by Dysart

Posted by kenmac on 31st July 2013

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Inquisitor 1291Preamble: Two clues contain an extra word, the two words giving a cryptic hint to the theme. In all other clues, the correct forms of single letter misprints give a thematic example identifying two groups, each of which after thematic treatment is represented in the grid: one group, including plurals, in the eight shaded unclued entries (all real words, entered clockwise); the other group in nine symmetrically disposed clued entries, which must be highlighted (45 cells altogether). One member of the latter group is a proper noun, the first word in a two-word name. Unchecked letters in the unclued entries could make SORCERESS TEASED LEO.

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Inquisitor 1290: As the 1 Across Said by Wiglaf

Posted by Hihoba on 24th July 2013

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The preamble stated “Each of 22 clues contains one word superfluous to the solving. The initial letters of these words form, in clue order, part of a quotation and its author. The other 21 clues lead to words that must be treated accordingly before entry in the grid.”

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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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