i Cryptic Crossword 1124 Virgilius

September 16, 2014

I usually enjoy Virgilius, but must admit to finding this one totally beyond me. I never did get the theme, which meant I couldn’t complete the grid. Either I’m being particularly dim today, or this was too clever for its own good. Clues like 21ac certainly were.

COD? 2d – ‘Monarch as purchaser of chirpy jumper (11)’.

Here’s the 2009 blog, with answers and analysis:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1124 Virgilius”

  1. kelsier said

    I think the theme is types of numbers

    So 9dn – square, 22ac – even hope that helps.

  2. Cornick said

    Half got the theme, realising all the different terms given to numbers, but the positioning of them by Virgilius – ‘square’ at 9, ‘cube’ at 27 etc – was Vir-genius!

  3. mark said

    Sometimes you carry around a crossword you’re struggling over, rediscover it on journeys and either finish it with great satisfaction or look up last few answers and say dohhh to yourself.
    Sometimes you look up those several answers and say whaaaat?! And wish you’d done something more useful with those hours. Knitting say. Or in this case just staring out of the window.

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