i Cryptic Crossword 873 Virgilius

November 26, 2013

Great stuff! A theme, as we’d expect, flagged by 9d, which did in the end save me on 8ac.

Lots of lovely clues, 20d and 23d amongst them, but my COD is 8ac. ‘Like certain organs heard in Wimbledon? (7)’.

The 2008 blog is missing just 3d – EDEN, a double def.



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 873 Virgilius”

  1. Cornick said

    I love Virgilius and this was another cracker from him, so it is with some trepidation that I offer this quibble. Surely ‘Easy’ = ‘Nothing TO it’ and ‘Nothing IN it’ (our answer) should be clued with a synonym for ‘Close’. Or am I missing something?

    • jonofwales said

      I think you’re right. I did put in Nothing To It originally, and changed it when TO didn’t fit with the across answer, and then just assumed that Nothing In It could mean the same. Looking around, it doesn’t appear that it can.

  2. Cornick said

    I’ve since checked in Chambers and it gives the following:
    ‘nothing to it’ or ‘nothing in it’ having nothing worthwhile in it; easy; (‘nothing in it’ doesn’t appear other than in this context)
    So if Lovely Virgilius uses Chambers as his bible, they stand or fall together. Who am I to question these pillars of Hercules? Well, 54 pages earlier (in my 1993 edition) they defined a mouse as being ‘a small lead weight used to balance sash windows’. I wrote to them, pointed out their error, and in the next edition they corrected it to ‘for threading sash cords’… I sense another letter coming on!

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