i Cryptic Crossword 1178 Anax

November 18, 2014

Very tough today from Anax, perhaps better suited to the weekend slot it originally had.

COD? Amongst lots of very nice clues, 6d – ‘Vintage Times puzzle (4)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


A nice gentle start to the week, with lots to like.

COD? 14ac – ‘High-up person with wan son, born to be outsider (8)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


Saturday 8th November 2014

Despite once spending quite a bit of time in a house called ‘Asgard’  – the name for the home of the Norse gods – I had no idea that the gods themselves were called the Aesir so, combined with its unusual wordplay, I failed to get 12 across until I could go online and check out A_S_R with ‘Chambers Word Wizard’ – and that always feels like a bit of a cop-out, really.

Never mind, apart from that the rest was all pretty enjoyable, so no complaints.

COD?  7d Wager taken by king – a wager turning up as treachery (8)

All answers plus fulsome praise for Phi from the fifteensquared bloggers here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/01/22/independent-7260phi/

I spotted the references to Oliver Twist in time to help me with 25ac, which, along with 1d and 15d were quite difficult. Lots of easier clues to help fill out the grid, so we can’t complain.

COD? 8ac – ‘Wayward state aid (7)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


i Cryptic Crossword 1174 Anax

November 13, 2014

This was very good, my only gripe being that I wish I’d had more time to enjoy it. A long lazy weekend as opposed to a Thursday lunchtime, say. 🙂

COD? 5d – ‘Stories about major fraud haunt royal distiller (6,9)’.

Here’s the 2009 blog:


i Cryptic Crossword 1173 Dac

November 12, 2014

For the most part this was as we expect from Dac, very high quality, and accessible. The SE corner, though, gave me some grief. 21ac struck me as being a bit tenuous, and I’ve not heard of either definition in 24ac.

COD? Lots to like, but I’m nominating 10d – ‘Public school’s director keeps us working in ‘training’ centre (6,7)’.

Fifteensquared seems to be down at the moment, so here’s Google’s cached page of the 2010 blog. Let me know if it doesn’t work for you. I may update later.


A fun, fairly taxing puzzle from Virgilius, with a theme of 1d/27.

COD? Lots to like, but I’m nominating 19ac – ‘Large snake – or its opposite, in a way (6)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


As nmsindy originally blogged “Lower half harder than top half, I found”. On the whole, though, this was very accessible, with the few clues that needed more thought providing entertainment rather than frustration. Needed Google to check 16d wasn’t MARRATO or BARBATO. 🙂

COD? 19ac – ‘Almost obliged by constraints to offer rewards (8)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


Saturday 1st November 2014

I learnt an important lesson last weekend, because by doing the crossword in snatched minutes here and there during a busy Saturday, I didn’t really enjoy it at all, nor do I have anything particularly interesting to say about it!

Consequently, I have resolved to sit down somewhere comfortable today, and to turn the world off while I wallow in Crosswordland. See you next weekend.

The fifteensquared bloggers enjoyed Phi’s offering though, and you can check all the answers here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2009/11/06/independent-7195phi/

COD?  24ac Obsessive artist bound by an agreement (6)

Fairly tough, as we’ve come to expect on a Friday. Quite a few where I got the answer (6d, for example), but left it to Fifteensquared to explain the workings. 🙂

COD? 19ac – ‘Perhaps irony from weather office: “completely then not completely frosty” (8)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog: