Title: Clued In
Theme: The game Clue.
The grid is divided into four sections. Each of the sections contains three sets of circles. In three sections, the circled answers provide hints to different parts of the accusation and when combined win the game. The circles in the fourth section contain the full accusation.
1A. The “who” of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three circled answers in this quadrant = Suspect
Circled answers can all be preceded by the word “Scarlet.”
40A. Pyrexia = Fever
44A. Varsity award = Letter
70A. Colorful bird = Tanager
11A. The “where” of a Clue accusation whose identity is hinted at by the three circled answers in this quadrant = Room
Circled answers contain words that are synonyms for the word “Lounge.”
18D. “Cool it!” = Relax
55A. Musical notation = Rest
64A. Lay off = Idle
73A. The “what” of a Clue accusation, whose identity is hinted at by the three circled answers in this quadrant = Weapon
Circled answers contain anagrams of the word “Rope.”
94A. Opening for a dermatologist? = Pore
123A. Phone abbr. = Oper
141A. 2010 film “_____ Man” = Repo
99A. Start of the accusation = Miss Scarlet
113A. Middle of the accusation = in the lounge
135A. End of the accusation = with the rope
I honestly can’t remember ever playing Clue but do know how the game works. So, this puzzle was lots of fun. What’s especially nifty and challenging is that the circled hints relate to the accusation parts in three entirely different ways. Finishing without making any mistakes is a great start to a new year of Sunday puzzles.
(Note: I managed to finish the first Thursday puzzle of 2014 – January 2nd — but made 4 errors.)