i Cryptic Crossword 641 Hypnos

February 28, 2013

I found this quite difficult, getting seriously stuck at the end with the intersection of 18d and 26ac. Many clues, such as 9ac, were also wilfully obscure, which didn’t help matters. Toc H for Talbot House? You must be joking… Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve always found Hypnos to be a mixture of easy and sometimes very unfair clues… As ever, here’s the old blog plus clues missed.


5 SEESAW – Sounds like SEA SORE.
13 WO W
20 BO A
25 CEREAL – Sounds like SERIAL.


2 Hidden in caracaL A PELt
6 EPISODE – (See iPod)*
11 FAWLTY TOWERS – (Worst flaw yet)*
17 REGALIA – AI LAGER all reversed.
18 ROEDEAN – Sounds like ROW and DEAN. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roedean_School


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 641 Hypnos”

  1. Funnily enough I found this relatively easy, and yesterday’s (which you found easy enough) much harder. 9ac was my first one in – it leapt out as soon as I looked at it! Of course then I had to work backwards to Toc-H, which stirred something dimly in the back of my brain, but which admittedly I needed a dictionary to check. GOODMAN was the obscurest one for me. I hadn’t heard of him, and the name Goodman is rather too common to pinpoint him.

    The construction of 11dn was obvious of course, and before I got to the right answer my brain tried to form suitable anagrams, coming up with things like ‘Twatsy Flower’. Which reminded me, when I finally got it, that in Fawlty Towers itself, the opening sequence used to have a shot of the hotel sign bearing an anagram or near-anagram of the name (a different one each episode), such as Flowery Twats.

    • jonofwales said

      I always tend to struggle with Hypnos… While the answer of 9ac was obvious, the cryptic was anything but helpful. Unless you had an internet connection, you were unlikely even to learn anything new. Compare with Quixote where, though you might get obscure words in the answers or wordplay, it is actually possible to fathom what he’s getting it. I’m afraid with Hypnos it just looked like he couldn’t find a better way to clue it.

      • Oh, I don’t know; being a fan of Araucaria (whose days, sadly, are numbered), I like to think of setters as elderly persons who will occasionally throw in a googly from the mid-20th century that the rest of us are too young to remember. But then not having been held up by the clue, I’m naturally inclined to be charitable.

        With a copy of Chambers to hand there was no need for an internet connection.

  2. denise said

    Hi everyone, i’m new on here. completely stuck on the last 2 – 19 down and 26 across!
    Any clues?
    Thanks, Denise

    • jonofwales said

      Hi Denise,

      The answers are respectively Cretin and Asuncion. If you follow the link at the bottom of the blog, you’ll find the old Fifteensquared blog from when the crossword was published back in 2008 in the Indie, for the answers we didn’t blog. Having said that, feel free to ask any questions you might have!



  3. denise said

    Hi Jon, Thanks! I got stuck thinking the “young relative” would be “a son”…….I get it now!

    Cheers, Denise

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