One must start by making some sense of the jumble of pieces: If Black's queen were not there, White could mate with Qd4 or Nc4 or Nd7; if the g- pawn were to move, Qf4 would
be mate; but the knight on a4 causes problems. It could move anywhere without permitting White a mate. Capturing the knight is not the answer: either Nxa4 or Qxa4 could be met by Qd5 among other moves.
So we must find a move that enables White to deliver mate after any move of the knight on a4. With most lines covered by the Black queen, we need a new direction for attacking the king. Spot the idea, and the answer follows. (Solution tomorrow.)
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