Inquisitor 1531 Don’t Get Me Wrong by Opsimath

March 7, 2018

An Inquisitor debut this week that I’ve been led to believe will be on the easy side. Normal clues, which can mean either an extremely easy grid fill or exactly the opposite, and very rarely anything between. At the close we’ve got to replace some letters with those from the letters IN GRIM AUTHOR’S CV to reveal a phrase across three sides of the perimeter, and change two other letters to reveal the author.

The grid fill? Well, there’s not much to say, is there? On a level with an easy Azed – I only really got a little stuck in the far SW corner with those crossing four letter clues – 42d and 52ac. The former because ENS was less familiar to me than ESSE, the latter because I really, really wanted it to begin with a K. Don’t ask how long I spent looking for that mythical literary beast, the NAR.

What about finding that quote? Here I came badly unstuck. Blame that phrase – “replacing letters in barred-off and corner cells”. I know what corner cells are, but aren’t barred-off cells, like, totally barred off, on all four sides? And we haven’t got any of those. Perhaps I should have counted the letters in that phrase and the number of unchecked cells round the N, E and S perimeters and worked it out earlier. But well, I didn’t. Nul points.

Finally, sense prevails. Write down the letters we’ve got, question marks for the unchecked cells, because otherwise it’s just a mess. Separate what must be words – VE?Y was particularly generous. Look for a pattern.

A poet can survive everything but a misprint

That’s Oscar Wilde according to Google. And there’s his name with two misprints in the grid.

Got there in the end. Phew. Feel free to laugh at my ineptitude in the face of what was a particularly easy – and enjoyable – debut. And welcome, Opsimath, hope to see you again soon.

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One Response to “Inquisitor 1531 Don’t Get Me Wrong by Opsimath”

  1. batarde said

    Yes, welcome Opsimath. 🙂

    Thought I was in big trouble within minutes of starting, because the grid fill was way too easy. Usually a baleful sign, but that done “everything” rather leapt out along the eastern edge, whilst the west was decidedly unpromising, so correcting the quotation was straightforward. Also, that noted epigrammist Oscan Tilde was shouting at me from the middle of the grid – hardly worth checking, but I did anyway and that was that. Easiest Inquisitor I can remember, but none the worse for it.

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