Inquisitor 1486 A Man, A Plan by Bics

April 26, 2017

Bics, a setter I don’t think I’ve seen before. It’s the Easter weekend, so are we going to get something to keep us occupied for a few days, or the opportunity to get on with those jobs that (I’ve been told) need doing? The preamble looks straightforward enough, which is promising. Nothing odd going on with the clues, we’re just looking to highlight the man in question, and remove 20 letters from the finished grid. The clues are a little tricky, as you expect when there’s no jiggery-pokery going on, and there’s a fair amount of hunting through Chambers required, but the grid is filling, fairly rapidly too, though with a little trouble at the end on 19ac which isn’t in the big red book, but Google to the rescue to confirm.

To the end game, which is basically a lot of hunting round the grid looking for likely suspects, and Googling to find out if they make any sense. And there he is. Gorgas, in the SE corner, “best known for his work in Florida, Havana and at the Panama Canal in abating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria by controlling the mosquitoes that carry them at a time when there was considerable skepticism and opposition to such measures.” Lo and behold, YELLOW FEVER runs diagonally from the SW to NE corner, so that’s 11 letters to rub out, our “problem”, and just the primary causes to find, which must be those mosquitoes, though we’ve only got 9 letters to play with. According to Google we’re most likely looking for AEDES, the yellow fever mosquito, and there it is in the NW corner, running left to right. Four letters to play with, so the rest must cross it, obviously, so why did it take me so long to spot another AEDES running down the grid from that one? Blame Friday night…

Nice and easy as these go, then, and time to get on with that painting.

Until next week, and another delivery from Eclogue.

2 Responses to “Inquisitor 1486 A Man, A Plan by Bics”

  1. AndyT said

    Well done, Jon. I have a full grid, and thought that the theme would eventually succumb to attrition … but it didn’t. Not for the the first time, by any means. Just how I managed to miss the yellow fever is a mystery. The presence of “relays” and “solder” had me looking for something to do with integrated circuits for a while, which of course didn’t help. Sigh.

    • jonofwales said

      Well done on the grid fill, which was by no means an easy one. It took me a while to spot yellow fever, but Gorgas himself took an absolute age to find, reversed like that in the grid.

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