i Cryptic Crossword 1656 Mordred

May 31, 2016

My solving experience was spookily similar to the original blogger’s – a quick start, then a gradual slowdown until the end, and then 4/7/10 holding out until the last. We don’t get many by Mordred, but if they’re all like this, then more please. Not too easy, not too hard, and a fun theme. Lots I needed to check at the end over on the other side, but always fair and solvable.

COD? 6ac – ‘No time for a chortle when suffering this (7)’.

To the Autumn of 2011:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2011/10/15/independent-7794-by-mordred/

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1656 Mordred”

  1. Cornick said

    Excellent.
    Similar story here. Spent a while trying to think of Catherine Tate characters but only got as far as Nan and Donna Noble before the penny dropped.

  2. dtw42 said

    Oops, solved the puzzle with not too much difficulty, but without spotting the theme at all. Oh well.

  3. JP said

    Can anyone explain 6 down for me? I get the ‘c’ and the ‘o’ but where does the ‘mic’ come form?

    • jonofwales said

      I haven’t got the clue to hand now. Can you post it?

    • jonofwales said

      I’ve dug out my copy of the i. šŸ™‚ I read it as mic = book = abbreviation of Micah, a book of the OT.

      • Simon Harding said

        Thanks. I tackled this today without any realisation that I’d blogged it five years ago. I had the same question about “mic” and my original post wasn’t much help.

      • jonofwales said

        Must have been quite spooky spotting your name on the original blog!

  4. AndyT said

    Strong early contender for puzzle of the week. Nice to see Mordred back after a lengthy absence, and in such fine style too – an object lesson in how to compile a clever, challenging puzzle without exasperating solvers with obscurities. Bravo.

  5. allan_c said

    A similar experience to you, Simon. I completed this without any recollection of doing it before or of adding a comment to the blog. As before, I didn’t spot the theme, but at least I got 5dn this time.

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