i Cryptic Crossword 810 Radian

September 13, 2013

This seemed to me a puzzle of two halves, as they say – easy on the left, a bit less so on the right, but it all came together. A couple of slightly unconvincing clues but Radian has come up with lots of pleasingly vivid images in his surfaces – 30d ‘Love goddess squeezes old doctor like a viper (8)’, for instance. Incidentally it seems to be the week for THROWing IN THE TOWEL (1d) – I blogged the same light in this week’s Guardian Quiptic.

Original blog here. Perhaps the blogger was in a hurry as quite a few answers were left out – below.

By the way I won’t be around next week – if jonofwales is reading this perhaps he could pick up next Fri …

Across

12. WAIT: I in WAT
15. NIGHTSPOT: THINGS* + POT
19. HAVEN: AVE in H(amilto)N
24. SPUR: (lark)SPUR
29. LEGEND: GEN in LED

Down

2. ALIBI: I in BAIL*
3. SECT: C in SET
8. RELIGIOUS ORDERS: REL + (RIGOROUS SIDE)* &lit. I think ‘perhaps’ rather weak as an anagrind.
14. STUN: NUTS<
20. HEIR: “air”
23. ASHEN: AS HEN
25. PIANO: O under PAIN*. A rather dodgy use of ‘undergo’.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 810 Radian”

  1. jonofwales said

    Yes, no problem, I’ll pick up next Friday.

    I failed on exactly the same clue (6d) as the original blogger. A bit tricky this, I thought.

  2. Cornick said

    Always assuming that I’m right and 17d is indeed OWE, can anyone explain what the 5 letter word _OWE_ in the wordplay was before ‘removing sides’?

  3. Dave Middleditch said

    My best ever go at a cryptic, all bar 8 of the clues solved, and now I see the answers, only unhappy that I didn’t get the soho and related clue. Still can’t work out 10 across though even from the original blog?

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