i Cryptic Crossword 1679 Morph

June 27, 2016

Morph on a Monday? There’s no real theme or nina, but I’m guessing 5d and the start of a certain tennis tournament might have been contributing factors. Anyway, despite being an old Saturday prize puzzle, this was one of Morph’s easier offerings, so ideally suited to a Monday morning. I did get myself in a bit of a pickle in the NW corner when I lobbed in GAMES UP, but there was no way 2d was going to be .M.F was there?

Lots of ticks by the clues, and a few question marks I probably could have resolved myself but left to Fifteensquared to do so. COD? 18d – ‘Universities are rivals on paper before Hammersmith? (8)’.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1679 Morph”

  1. AndyT said

    Nice crossword – enjoyed that. I have eight ticks today, which is an exceedingly high score, so well done Morph. In addition to the worthy COD, 13 and 19 particularly appealed to me.

  2. dtw42 said

    Phew, glad you two found it an “easier offering”; I struggled with the NW corner.

    • AndyT said

      No, I didn’t say that. πŸ™‚ It did seem to me that it was well within Cornick’s “Goldilocks Zone” though.

  3. Cornick said

    With four to go I was all set for a glowing comment for a terrific puzzle, but came unstuck on the NW corner and 22d. So I find myself in agreement with both Andy and dtw42… and filled with admiration for jonofwales who I suspect, despite my daily ritual of doing the i, is still quite a bit better at solving these things than I am!

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