Inquisitor 1682 Switch by Charybdis

January 26, 2021

Ooh, I find myself saying.

And, ooh again.

Because that was rather good, wasn’t it? I’d go so far as to say that come next year’s voting, I can imagine this one featuring pretty highly in the rankings.

I could finish with that, and leave you to marvel at the beauty that is the finished product. In the original grid there was indeed a crack in everything, not once but twice. Those four words, you see, that were never going to be entered correctly. EVERY, THING, EVER and THEN interspersed with a C, K, A and another K respectively. Which made no sense until you looked at the grid and spotted all those cracks. Now, I’d like to say I got them all early, but they were actually the very last things I entered, upon the belated realisation that “brackets refer to grid lengths” probably means that the clued answers are either shorter or longer. Pay attention next time, Jon.

Not only that but I believe this week, ladies and gentlemen, I have a full, unadulterated hidden message. Yes, the slightly scary instruction about splitting words and inserting an extra letter being slightly less scary on realising that we’re just looking at a variation, albeit a very nice one, of our old favourite, being the letter missing from wordplay.


Now, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard a complete LEONARD COHEN song, never mind ANTHEM, but Google has, offering up the lyrics for the song , together with the songwriter which have both been duly highlighted in a fetching shade of pink.

Now, the last step. The chorus goes something like “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”. Ten cells to alter, we have two CRACKs, which duly amended to LIGHT give I believe six new words (FIRELIGHTERS, TOGGED, UNSHALED, CHILLY, GENIE and MICROLIGHTING), together with some nonsense ones which are, yes, our four which never were going to be entered properly, as revealed right at the start in the preamble.

Now, colour me impressed. That all fell together as nicely, and as satisfyingly as you would like. More like this please.

One Response to “Inquisitor 1682 Switch by Charybdis”

  1. batarde said

    Amusingly, we seem to have gone about this in exactly opposite ways, with the same result. Were it not for having heard the song in question a few times more than half a lifetime ago I’d probably still be staring at it. Another Unknown Known. And yes, a complete hidden message for once. Good puzzle; glad I decided to have a proper go at it.

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