i Cryptic Crossword 1523 Eimi

December 28, 2015

Did everyone have a merry Christmas? I hope that you’re warm and dry, at least. An interesting selection of presents this year, including a book on 17th century French philosophy from Onions. A bit heavy, but a thoughtful gift nonetheless. Reckoned I was making some headway with that “I am therefore I think” business, but Onions said that I’m putting Descartes before the horse. Early days.

I have been invited to a New Year’s Eve shindig in the back of beyond, but once again Charmaine has kindly offered to step into the breach and supply the last blog of the year on Thursday in return for a modest pecuniary inducement.

I doubt she’ll have as easy a time of it as I did today. All those linked clues looked daunting, but as it turned out the puzzle was done and dusted in near record time with just the one read-through of the clues. A seasonal theme prevails and there was a good deal to enjoy, so congratulations to Eimi for supplying such a clever puzzle without breaking the tradition of taking it easy on the punters on a Monday. Since the crossword was so anagram heavy, I’m just going to pick the longest one as Clue of the Day:

14/18A/29/5A “He has Battle of Britain confused with VE Day story (3,4,3,3,5,7)

The puzzle first appeared on New Year’s Eve 2010 and went down well with the good folks of Fifteensquared.

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1523 Eimi”

  1. jonofwales said

    A lovely puzzle from our crossword editor. Nice and breezy. We’re off to the panto later today, how did he know? 😉 We had a lovely Christmas, hope you all did too!

  2. dtw42 said

    Well, that was challenging. “Oh, no it wasn’t!”
    Perhaps the usual “easy Monday” might have been bypassed with so many of us home from work, but at least we didn’t have to exercise our Christmas-addled brains too hard. 🙂

  3. sprouthater said

    An entertaining start to the week, nothing too troublesome, in fact I thought a couple of the explanations on fifteensquared were more complicated than the actual clues. 31ac could have been in Swahili for me but gettable due to the theme. I had a fun Christmas even though I was threatened by those dreadful round green vegetables.

  4. Lozzie said

    Quite a clever puzzle, which did not take long at all, thankfully. Love sprouts- extra for me please!

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