i Cryptic Crossword 1473 Hypnos

October 29, 2015

An unusually stiff challenge from Hypnos, with a Nina I spotted, but that was little help with those last few, tricky clues. It refers to this, apparently… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balham,_Gateway_to_the_South. Fair, for the most part I guess, though 1d was far from being so. BIS = Again is pretty specialist vocabulary, and the answer was far from common.

COD? 2d – ‘One found some way up a tree? (8)’.

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4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1473 Hypnos”

  1. sprouthater said

    Difficult indeed I couldn’t get 1d or 17d until I had all the crossing letters in and still don’t really understand them. 15a was new to me and not listed in my Chambers. Didn’t help myself entering anemia for 21a. 10a and 13a were my pick though

  2. AndyT said

    Fair enough in my estimation, but that doesn’t mean I’m entirely gruntled. A bit of effort put into making the clues read like English would have been nice – and if a setter goes all out to compile a stinker of a puzzle, why be content with a barely cryptic tabloid level sitting duck like 6d or a chestnut like 15ac? That really irks me for some reason. The Nina was familiar and helped me quite a bit with polishing off the top left hand corner: I imagine that complicated matters considerably, so well done to Hypnos for fitting it all together.

  3. Lozzie said

    Found this decidedly tricky, missing the Nina completely. Managed to finish without entirely following some of the clues such as 17D, 24D, 25A, so thankful to blog for explanations. Liked the anagram in 5D, but not a fan of the “double definition” clues of which there were a number here.
    Re 22A: that word EMCEE really bugs me. Will we in the future find a use for verbs such as to “PEE-EM”, to “EMDEE”, to “CUECEE” etc?

  4. Cornick said

    ‘Hexham, gateway to the North’ was briefly a candidate, and my errant imagination also had an anteater half way up a tree in 2d. Also my way of spelling 17d as ‘Boudicca’ proved problematic – I must remember to not keep up with the times.
    Elsewhere this had all the typical convolutions we’ve come to associate with ‘peripheral unches’ style Ninas. I might just be going off ’em.

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