May 20, 2013
Another gentle start to the week, with only the partial anagram in 20ac causing any issues. I wasn’t too fond of 5ac – I’m never fond of AN being used to clue A, perhaps because it trips me up every time.
The 2008 blog linked to below is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 24ac. ‘Just one drug – more than enough to get this? (6)’.
May 18, 2013
Back to normal this Saturday, after last week’s excursion from Morph. Nothing too difficult or controversial, I thought, only 11d and 25ac causing me any real issues. COD? Nothing really stood out, but I did like 20ac – ‘Sullied female framing good church window? (7,5)’.
May 17, 2013
Well, this was rather good! Always inventive, and just the right side of difficult – just when you thought you were going to get stuck, something leapt out at you.
COD – 10ac. ‘Southern town’s DNA? (7)’.
Below a link to the 2008 blog, and clues missed.
1 MOLE STING
16 COUNTER CULTURE
23 SWAHILI – (his wail)*
24 OSTRICH – (Torch is)*
6 MEDIAEVAL – (availed me)*
15 SEA(R) CHESt
19 THE SIS
May 16, 2013
This took a while to get into, with several clues that were difficult to get a grip on. Always inventive, but perhaps a little too obscure at times to be truly satisfying? The 2008 blog is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 19d. ‘School item kept by girls at Cheltenham (7)’.
May 15, 2013
A little more difficult than usual for me, not managing any across answers until 21ac. In retrospect, I think I might just have been a bit rusty today. COD 6d – ‘You’ll need a day to consume Irish rum (5)’.
Link to the 2008 blog below, plus clues missed.
10 E M(IS S)ARY
18 SCRAPS – Double Def.
24 WHITE HORSEs
17 ON PAPER – Double Def.
May 14, 2013
An entertaining 1ac that indeed often left me 26ac. Slow but steady progress, frustratingly so as I spotted the theme very early, but still struggled with some of the cryptic defs. The 2008 blog is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 1ac. ‘Expression of irritation – you’re starting it! (9)’.
May 13, 2013
A nice gentle start to the week, with the Don’s ever elegant, precise clueing. COD – 5ac. ‘Car seat is adjustable – it goes up and down (9)’.
The 2008 blog linked to below is complete:
May 11, 2013
Well, until I went to look at the 2008 blog, I wouldn’t have realised that there was a theme… Struggled somewhat with this, solving in fits and starts, and took an age to get going. Whether that was the 10ac I drank last night, I couldn’t possibly comment. As always, though, highly entertaining from Morph – challenging, but with plenty of laughs.
COD? 28ac, with 26ac a close runner up. ‘Point and slash with this (4)’.
Here’s the old blog, and clues missed.
18 KEENER – Cryptic Def.
22 GAME SHOW – (swag home)*
28 E PEE
7 DOT C O M
17 SPIT<- FIRE
20 WAR HOLe
23 HAM hAS
May 10, 2013
This rather poor puzzle was first seen in the Independent in 2008 and blogged, with all clues included, here. For example, ‘X undressing’ to mean ‘anagram of X + UN’ (5d)? This would be borderline but amusing if ‘dressing’ were an anagram indicator, preferably a very clear one, but as it isn’t one at all, it makes nonsense of the clue.
Oh well. Clue of the day for 12d: ‘Facilities established on extensive plant (11)’, following the nice Ximenean principle of easy clues for difficult words.
May 9, 2013
I found this a little more difficult than the original blogger, especially the southern half, and it took me a while to get started. The sometimes unfamiliar answers were, though, to be fair always very fairly clued, so no complaints.
COD 5ac – ‘Very angry with a doppleganger? (6,7)’.
Only the one clue missed from the 2008 blog, which is linked to below.
5 B(hARBOUR JACK)ET