May 6, 2016
As a printer for my entire working life I had many discussions as to the value of compositors. This example of modern day typesetting shows why I was so disdainful.
Here are the clues for todays puzzle copied from Fifteensquared. I cant really comment on the puzzle as I have now seen all the solutions. However I did solve 9a before looking at the answers and it quite tickled me so
COD 9a Remember what AA Milne had for his most famous creation? (4,2,4)
6 Bird’s cry when migrating East (6)
10 Married man’s not the first to discover what hooker might do (4)
11 Penniless bum we hear repelled shrewd businessman (7-6)
13 He scored runs, with Australian at cover dropping one (5)
14 Criminal decapitated leaders of local crime rings hot on the trail (2,4,3)
18 Black hole’s final radius possibly endlessly variable (5)
20 Perhaps she’s a celeb on the rocks? That can be said (13)
23 Murmur made by small stream, not quite river (4)
24 Old Unionist died after one stab with blade this could help contact him (5,5)
25 Count abandoned countess, losing zero time (6)
3 Plant mostly sheltered by tree struggling to get light (9)
8 It could be cashed to pay for champagne on trip? (10)
16 Excited about taking part in game with America be packed (8)
19 City that’s the Big Smoke? (6)
22 Smile when work is rarely presented preposterously (4)
May 5, 2016
A nice mix of easy clues, with a couple of tricky ones thrown in at the end to get us thinking a bit. For me, the latter consisted mostly of 13, 14 and 24, with a little bit of a sticking point at 25 where I just couldn’t get BALDWIN out of my head despite the answer obviously being wrong. Overall time par for the i.
COD? My LOI, 14d – ‘Dish in sound oven chef initially made to be large (4-6)’.
Here’s the IoS blog from September 2011:
May 4, 2016
Oh gosh. My brother has taken himself off to play croquet with someone called Pilcrow; Onions has gone with him to act as caddy or something, and Ms Mgurure is too busy planning a rocket salad, or at least I think that’s what she said. So you’ll have to make do with me, Citronella B, I’m afraid.
Fortunately my brother has been coaching me in this crossword business, so I’m in a position to announce that today’s puzzle is a panagram … oh dear, is that right? Anyway, it has all the letters in it: apparently this sort of thing often leads lesser compilers to tie themselves in knots but there’s nothing dreadfully obscure here except perhaps for 26ac. Not something generally found outside crossword puzzles or the food hall at Fortnums, I suppose. Oh, and I think trade names are a bit naughty, aren’t they? Anyway, lots of fun and I was frightfully pleased with myself for working out 20ac and 7 and 8d, for instance. Jolly devious! Clue of the day however is 1d:
“Tent, brand new on the inside (7)”
The most difficult thing about this blog thingummy turned out to be finding the appropriate entry at Fifteensquared. I thought for a while that I’d have to write one myself, which would have been awful for everyone, especially my brother when he got home. However, after much diligent searching, here it is.
May 3, 2016
It’s Tuesday, so I was expecting a theme, which we duly got. And Scorpion, so it’s going to be tough… But it wasn’t… A lot of the stage names on offer I realised I half knew, for one reason or another – it’s amazing the rubbish you remember. The rest were fairly and pretty straightforwardly clued, even 23d where the wordplay seemed to lead to nonsense until you spotted the missing apostrophe. All in all a pretty enjoyable solve.
COD? 27ac – ‘Irish writer gets six grand from being good (5)’.
Back to September 2011:
May 2, 2016
I didn’t find this as easy as nmsindy back in the day, but that’s possibly just me at the end of a long weekend. Not that it mattered, because this was as entertaining as ever from Punk, with lots of smiles along the way. And, oh, we’re in the middle of the traditional bank holiday deluge.
COD? 10/22D – ‘It’s passionate kissing, only it chokes, unfortunately (6,6)’.
Here’s the 2011 blog:
April 30, 2016
Saturday 23rd April 2016
I got very excited last Saturday when I thought Phi had made a crossword especially for the i – a superfluity of Shakespeare themed crosswords, perhaps? But no, it’s not the ‘six hundredth year’ (the Nina in rows 1 and 15) of the Bard’s death (that’ll be four hundred years, of course), but of the founding of 1d/5d. Never mind…
Another fine crossword from Phi. 19d was a bit tricky, but otherwise nothing to slow up a gentle completion. I have ‘COD’ written next to 23d, so here it is again:
Describing bible at regular intervals, but overlooking Biblical city (4)
For all the answers and parsing, please click here.
By the way, and further to dtw42’s ingenious puzzle under his slightly catchier name ‘Marvin’ (see Thursday’s Tees comments) I have a new puzzle published on Big Dave’s website today. Click here.
April 29, 2016
A fairly straightforward offering from Crosophile today I thought. Yes I missed the Nina which is apparently a diving term and was meant to be part of a hidden theme that, apart from 18a and 26a, failed to surface. A couple I had trouble parsing properly. 14a where we had to drop the elect from electrical clued by “discharging saved” didn’t make much sense to me and 25 down Hay = Dance was new to me. The rest made for a very acceptable if not too challenging puzzle.
A visit to a pub yesterday evening where I imbibed one or two pints of Palmers Tally Ho! prompts my COD 22d Refills for dogs after time on owners lead (3-3)
At the beginning of the month Jon blogged a Glow-Worm puzzle that had been omitted from Fifteensquared this blog explains why.
April 28, 2016
I’m posting from the SAU Unit of the local hospital where my GP has seen fit to send me, but where there is thankfully Wi-Fi, so this will be quick. 😀
This is exactly the kind of puzzle I was hoping we’d get when I realised I’d be in for a lot of waiting round. Quite tough, lots to get your teeth into. Spotted the double pangram, but failed to notice that it was actually a triple. Quite an achievement!
COD? 30ac – ‘Go without nookie (4)’.
Here’s the 2011 blog:
April 27, 2016
An old friend appears at 5d today, reminding me that it’s high time to venture down into the wine cellar and check the brickwork.
After yesterday’s offering from Glow-Worm it’s nice to get back onto firmer ground, and here we see difficult solutions being matched to gentle wordplay, thank goodness. For instance, those who are strangers to the billiards table may well be unfamiliar with 21d, but it’s readily deduced, whereas my clue of the day is an object lesson in the art of misdirection. Highlights for me included 4ac, 3 and 18d, and of course 10ac which got a lot of praise in the comments at Fifteensquared, but the aforementioned COD is 16d:
“Rather clever, having answer to clue filled in (8)”
Solutions and discussion from back in August 2011 can be found here.
A word of thanks to Cornick for supplying a link to a highly enjoyable puzzle once again: for anyone who missed his post on Saturday this one is well worth a look.
April 26, 2016
At the risk of re-igniting the fierce discussion that followed this puzzle’s first appearance, I’m afraid to say that this wasn’t really my cup of tea. I don’t mind crosswords being hard, but this seemed to be willfully obscure at times – see 3d, or the use of ‘d’ for drawn in 16d. 4d was clever, but SAXE for blue won’t be on many solvers’ radars. I’m never very fond of cross-referenced clues anyway, so perhaps I’m prejudiced, but in this case 1ac also referenced a slightly tenuous cryptic definition that fell far from quickly.
On the plus side, I did like 10ac and 19d, and it was fun to find all the 1A 5’s, but by the end I had far too many points of disgruntlement and not enough ticks. Sorry Glow-Worm!
COD? The aforementioned 10ac – ‘No lemon, then, for 1A 5? (7)’.
Here’s the IoS blog from October 2011: