i Cryptic Crossword 1285 Anax

March 24, 2015

I enjoyed this a lot more than I did our previous Anax, intrigued as I was as to the link between 5D, which I guessed, and the clues referenced. I’m not sure I would have completed if I hadn’t worked backwards to some of them, and wouldn’t want puzzles this difficult too often, but a far more positive experience than last week’s.

COD? 1ac – ‘Get rid of the wrong dragon (3-5)’.

Here’s the 2010 blog:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1285 Anax”

  1. Cornick said

    Loved it, especially 5d – I can’t believe that idea’s not been done before!
    I note this was originally a Saturday puzzle… we keep banging on about it, but surely that’s where the likes of Anax belong!

    • jonofwales said

      As far as crossword solvers are concerned it is. But as far as the sponsor of the prize puzzle is concerned, and the editor of the i for that matter, that want lots of entries. It’s a very nice prize too, even if I’ve given up on trying to win it. 😉

  2. Ian S said

    Note to self – don’t attempt an Anax crossword. This is so far above my level it’s actually annoyed me reading the answers because I just wasted my life trying to get them.

    I don’t mind a hard clue (e.g. I quite like the use of the comma in 8dn even though I missed it) because I can see the explanation of the answer afterwards and learn something, but some of these I have the answer and a description of the worldplay and I STILL don’t get them. 9ac, 10ac, 19ac, 28ac might as well be written in Swahili for all I understand them and 27ac – I get the way = Street = ST, but See gives me Ely? Just..what? I kind of see Elysee, but to me there’s no hint or anything that that’s what it’s getting at.

    Very clever crossword setting, not complaining about that, but so not my cup of tea.

    • Cornick said

      You’re right that see = Ely seems impossibly hard… except that it’s another of those crosswording cliches which means that, if you’ve met it before (and I’ve seen it dozens of times in the 3 years or so I’ve been doing these) it becomes kind of obvious . If that seems a bit cliquey, well… thank God for sites like this which let us in on it!

  3. dtw42 said

    I did finish this one, and was relieved to have done so, as it WAS fiendishly complicated. Think I might have been annoyed with it if I were trying to solve it on the train in to work or something, though.

    Must admit I have to look up “fer-de-lance” in the dictionary. Took me aaages to work out what the heck was going on with 5dn.

    • jonofwales said

      It is a criticism I have of the i crosswords, that often they’re not aimed at the commuter on the train, who doesn’t have references, or an internet connection.

  4. LP said

    I felt it much more accessible than last week’s Anax, managed to finish reasonably quickly despite only starting at 10pm, impressed with 5D, 8D comma. Not convinced with 9A MOR and the use of “stop” in 24D, would have expected “finish”, quite surprised no comment on this in original blog.

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