i Cryptic Crossword 1186 Tees

November 27, 2014

A nice puzzle from Tees today, which was a lot less fearsome than it seemed at first glance. Last in 11ac, 24ac and 29ac.

COD? 22d – ‘Talk further about relationship (7)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


i Cryptic Crossword 1185 Dac

November 26, 2014

A gentle midweek breeze, though 7d and 22d took as much time as the rest put together.

COD? 13d – ‘Injured toes? After operation at hospital, you’ll begin manipulative treatment (10)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog. We’re into February already?


Well, this was fun, Virgilius at his best! Finished in the NE corner, struggling in particular with 6d.

COD? 25ac – ‘Flying across to get awards in US (6)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


A fairly gentle start to the week, last in 1ac and 22ac. Why is it that I always take an age to spot the hidden word?

COD? 1ac – ‘Power restricted? Possibly a bit’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


Saturday 15th November 2014

Quite a bit easier than the Phi on Thursday – which indicates that he is being both deliberate and also remarkably consistent when he pitches at this level of difficulty for our regular Saturday puzzles.

Here we had ‘Above the weather’ written above ‘Weather’ in the top half of the puzzle and ‘Under the Volcano’  underneath ‘Volcano’ in the bottom half.  What fun!  Having guessed the ruse early on, I was half expecting to see the name of a volcano and a type of weather – ‘Tambora’ and ‘monsoon’ perhaps;  but no, Phi actually repeated the key words – very bold!

COD:  Because I saw the ‘petty’ joke in 1d coming a mile off, I’m giving my vote to 26d:

Very angry with dismissal of lecturer that’s clear (5)


I’m probably not going to have a chance to have much of a go at this today. Here’s the 2010 blog for anybody who has got the time. :-)


i Cryptic Crossword 1180 Phi

November 20, 2014

Very tough today. I must admit to giving up near the end on several (including 7ac, 11ac, 1d and 2d) I doubt I would ever have got without copious recourse to the dictionary and Google.

COD? 10ac – ‘Prevents discussion about European growth (9)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog.


i Cryptic Crossword 1179 Dac

November 19, 2014

I made heavy work of this, but that’s 5 hours sleep and solving in a noisy hospital waiting room for you. In retrospect, as clear and elegant as ever.

COD? 1ac – ‘Funny conjuror grabs microphone before a show (5,5)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


i Cryptic Crossword 1178 Anax

November 18, 2014

Very tough today from Anax, perhaps better suited to the weekend slot it originally had.

COD? Amongst lots of very nice clues, 6d – ‘Vintage Times puzzle (4)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


A nice gentle start to the week, with lots to like.

COD? 14ac – ‘High-up person with wan son, born to be outsider (8)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:



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