Inquisitor 1506 Hanged in Error by Encota

September 13, 2017

So a debut this week from Encota, on a day when in theory I’ve got loads of time to be solving, but when in practice I’m sitting in front of a desktop computer that’s given up the ghost, working out how much of a bomb to drop on it. Luckily it appears that the clues are normal this week, and on the easyish side too, even if the rest of the preamble looks like complete gobbledygook. Unclued shaded entries, shading to do elsewhere, and yet more shading. So plunge on in regardless.

11ac is my first in, a word which at any other time would have been a complete unknown, but by chance appeared in last night’s 8 Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown, so is a write-in. Huzzah! Much as the rest of the grid proves to be. A couple of slip-ups (no, nothing is going to match SSE..), but what about those unclued entries? .AGEN and .W.DEN. The title says we’re looking for an anagram of ‘hanged’, but that’s not going to fit either of those properly. The second’s got to be SWEDEN, but the first? Hagen? It turns out the ice-cream is American. A little Googling, and we’ve got DAGEN: Dagen H (H Day):

today mostly called “Högertrafikomläggningen” (“The right-hand traffic diversion”), was the day, 3 September 1967, on which traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right. The “H” stands for “Högertrafik”, the Swedish word for “right traffic”.

Which must be the anniversary we’re marking. No prizes for guessing that the characters we have to change are L to R (thankfully I’ve written the L’s properly, and not as I’s).

The three letter phrase leaps out next: RIGHT HAND SIDE across the top (OK, so we’re doing this all in the wrong order).

But what about the seven cells? Are they supposed to form a word? They’ve evidently got to form an H, with those 3 H’s in the diagonal across the middle of the grid. Much hunting later… and it appears not – we’re just looking to shade an H based around them. Unless THCHIHC is supposed to mean anything, or I’ve made an almighty cock-up somewhere.

Well, that was fun, a nice bit of light relief. And Dagen H? Who knew? The computer? A reinstall of Windows that seems to be holding up to date, fingers crossed. A result all round.

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2 Responses to “Inquisitor 1506 Hanged in Error by Encota”

  1. Cornick said

    Encota is a sometimes setter and frequent commenter over on Big Dave’s site so, having done his straight puzzles before, I thought I’d give it a go. Absolutely thrilled to have lost my virginity on the Inquisitor, and it was indeed lots of fun and not nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be.
    For anyone else wanting to give one a go, just make sure you have a good dictionary to hand!

    • jonofwales said

      Congratulations on the solve! 🙂 Chambers is a must, and doesn’t have to cost that much these days – I use the iPhone Chambers App, which is about £6 I think, and has got everything that’s in the hard copy.

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