i Cryptic Crossword 1395 by Glow-worm

July 30, 2015

I seem to remember Glow-worm being a medium hard setter but I think he was being kind to us here by giving us clues to those long answers, particularly 1ac and 1d, the way he did.

Never the less there were a few tricky ones near the end and a couple I couldn’t parse without visiting the Fifteensquared website here.

My COD goes to 5d – just for the surface reading:

Ben Nevis to Scafell Pike via Snowdon? That’s a tough one (4,5)

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1395 by Glow-worm”

  1. AndyT said

    Pretty good. I see my reservations about 18ac (no definition or indication of how the clue is supposed to work) were batted about at Fifteensquared … still not happy with that one, although the answer was clear enough.

    • Cornick said

      I still can’t help but admire setters who try something a bit different like 18ac; it counters what Araucaria called the ‘pasteurisation’ of crossword clues.

      • AndyT said

        That’s undoubtedly true, and if all clues worked like equations solving them would be a dull pastime. On balance I think that particular clue was a no ball, but it was a pretty fair attempt at a googly rather than a bouncer.

        Incidentally, my vocabulary expanded yesterday thanks to Fifteensquared. “Anagrind” … what a horrible word!

  2. Cornick said

    I think you’re right. No ball! 🙂

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