i Cryptic Crossword 1716 Glow-Worm

August 9, 2016

I made lightning progress today in the top half of the grid, but steadily ground to a halt moving south, struggling at the end with 21ac, 26ac and 20d. In my defence I believe that this is the first time I’ve seen ‘NG’ clued in this fashion, and we had some pretty tricky wordplay for pretty obscure words in both 21 and 26 which I thought a little off. The definition at 15d wasn’t really a definition, was it?

There were some bits I did like, and a mini-theme that made write-ins of a couple of the clues once you had one.

COD? 17d – ‘Old fisherman checking vault with measuring tool (9)’.

Our second IoS reprint of the week, and the Fifteensquared blogger either going above and beyond the call of duty, or scheduling his blog in advance for Christmas Day:



11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1716 Glow-Worm”

  1. AndyT said

    I had a few quibbles too … okay, quite a few. Mostly definitions, and there were some notably inelegant surfaces. All the same, it was rather an enjoyable puzzle. 26ac was easily my favourite today.

  2. sprouthater said

    Found this difficult to get into. Thank goodness for the anagrams at 13 and 19a. Hadn’t come across the link between lavender and aspic before but as jelly was mentioned it Is usually aspic. Quite a few allusions I didn’t like but thought 14a and 15d very good.

  3. dtw42 said

    Similar experiences and opinions here; I ended up struggling in the SE corner. Like Sprouthater, I found 23 *had* to be ‘aspic’ but could find no lavender connection. Didn’t like ‘came’ = ‘extended (to)’ much.

    Looked for a bit like it was going to be a pangram, what with Z, Q, K, Y in close proximity in the top half … but, no.

    *lightning, surely?

  4. juddy said

    What has lavender got to do with aspic please?? Also, can someone explain angostura and phaeton? ta

    • jonofwales said

      Hi Juddy. If you follow the link to Fifteensquared above, there are full explanations of all the clues. But quoting from there.

      “Aspic oil comes from a variety of lavender.”
      UR in (A N.G. + ST + A)
      (TEA in NO H.P)<

      Hope that helps. Welcome to the blog, BTW. 🙂

  5. juddy said

    Thankee muchly jonofwales. However i cannot see any link for icryptics under ‘links’?

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