Inquisitor 1491 Don’t Trust the Picture by Phi

May 31, 2017

Brought to you by the power of Tomos Watkin’s Magic Lagyr. I’d argue it helps, others might disagree. The puzzle. The second by Phi in this Saturday’s i, and first thoughts are – aren’t those clues printed in a small font? Presumably that means there’s lots of them to get through. Some entries jumbled, and don’t fill all the spaces, that’s a little worrying. Extra words in others giving definitions for the complete versions. Best get cracking then.

A rare start before lunch on a Saturday, and quite a speedy one too, with clues that wouldn’t be out of place over in the cryptic. A few redundant words that are easy to spot, and a couple of those jumbled entries, starting with the fairly gently 15ac. A couple where the big red book is a must, and at the close some problems in the SE corner that’s resolutely blank because… Well, because I’ve got LIAR instead of RAIL and once that’s fallen, so does the rest. Along the way I’ve also made a stab at one of the “complete versions” of the jumbled clues, because it looks like nothing but CRETISM will fit at 1ac, TRIES jumbled in the centre of C & M. A lovely word, that apparently means lie, and one that should be revived.

So the definitions we have from the redundant words are:

PRAISES
DISAGREEABLY
STRESS
LIE
HIDE
WIND
ISRAELI CITY (and how long it took me to sort that one out…)

The clues which are jumbled are pretty easy to spot, and so too the complete versions. Some doubt at the close over whether 15ac is OVERSEE or OVERSEA, but, we’ll see. So:

Definition Complete Entry Extra Letters
PRAISES ENCOMIA EA
DISAGREEABLY NASTILY NY
STRESS TENSELY TY
LIE CRETISM CM
HIDE OVERSE(E or A) OE/A
WIND NORTHER NR
ISRAELI CITY TEL AVIV TV

So to put those extra letters into a “logical order”. Alphabetical? Nope, that doesn’t help. Alphabetic by first letter in the pair, not that either. How about by clue number?

1ac   CM
15ac O(E/A)
19ac NY
27ac TV
35ac EA
42ac NR
47ac TY

Go with an A for 15ac, read down the columns, to give: CONTENT MAY VARY. Which fits the title. That’s good enough for me… A fairly gentle offering, but no less enjoyable for it. Until next time, when Schadenfreude deals a rude card.

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