Inquisitor 1513 Alphaperimetrical Jigsaw by Nimrod

November 1, 2017

Well I know what a jigsaw is, but not what the other bit is supposed to be. One of these, I suppose?

Anyway, our esteemed editor had promised on Twitter that we were in for an easier Inquisitor this week. I was a little sceptical, but sometimes they are. Flick through Saturday’s i with a raucous dance lesson going on in the background, to find two indications that this isn’t necessarily the case. Firstly, Nimrod’s name at the top. Secondly, the fact that it’s a jigsaw, at which I am completely and utterly rubbish. Scepticism increasing by the minute.

Onto the clues, which are going to need a lot of cold solving, and… They’re not too bad, actually. ZITI for Z would be a write-in if we knew where to put it, as is JEST for J, and on it goes. What do we need to be able to fill the grid? Those 12 and 11 length clues would be handy. Voila – DENSITOMETRY, NIGHTWATCHES, FATIGUINGLY, XIPHISTERNA. Yes, Chambers does come in handy, though not all today’s clues are in it (over and above the ones mentioned in the preamble. T-REX, anyone?). Luckily Collins is online, and there’s always Google for any stragglers. Apply a bit of logic, start filling the grid, and this becomes a lot easier. The initial letter given for each clue all of a sudden becomes an extra checking letter, of which we now have loads. Phew. And a bit of luck with those yellow squares – which are supposed to spell out somebody’s name – give us some more. The late lamented ARAUCARIA.

We have a self-description and its speaker to fill the perimeter, and unchecked letters given. Cue a fair bit of jiggery-pokery with a word matcher, the letters we’ve got, a flash of inspiration – there’s CONSIDERED across the top of the grid – and – eventually – a pretty obscure quote from The Winter’s Tale a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, by that well known character Autolycus.

Which wasn’t that bad after all. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that was pretty straightforward, and thoroughly enjoyable. What’s it got to do with Araucaria? Shrugs, and awaits enlightenment from the much-brighter-than-me Fifteensquared blogger.

One Response to “Inquisitor 1513 Alphaperimetrical Jigsaw by Nimrod”

  1. […] Nimrod thought we’d got off lightly the other week, because today look it’s another jigsaw, with not one but two grids to contend with. Such […]

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