i Cryptic Crossword 1779 Crosophile

October 21, 2016

Yesterday AndyT wondered if todays offering might be a stinker. Luckily for me it wasn’t but it did offer a bit of a challenge. I found this hard to get into probably because I lay awake for half of the night worrying that it was going to be difficult. After reading all the across clues I’d only answered two or three of them so it was with some relief that the down clues all seemed much easier, like others across the way I entered girl at 8d rather than lass which caused a lot of problems with 17 and 21a . Two weeks ago when we last had a puzzle from this setter I pondered where an R came from and was informed “reading =r” today 1a throws up the same question and it seems its either Latin for recipe or r = round Hmm. Much discussion regarding the pronunciation at 28a which I thought ok but I didn’t like the similar clue at 26d especially as I am unfamiliar with any games console’s, the only other oddity to me was the Rio in 11a. I did however found this in the most part very enjoyable with quite a few ticks being awarded, my favourite though is

COD 15a  Annoying no-no introducing endless article: “Whatever!” (8)

For all the parsing, much discussion and the revelation of a hidden theme the March 2012 blog is here http://www.fifteensquared.net/2012/03/28/independent-7941-crosophile/

2 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1779 Crosophile”

  1. jonofwales said

    I thought this was a good puzzle from Crosophile, easier than some we’re used to on a Friday. At the close I was badly stuck on 8/13, and 14/28, but got there in the end. R for take (recipe) pops up now and then. It’s one of those specialist crossword things I don’t like, something nobody in the real world knows. Once you’ve seen it a few times then it quickly becomes a knee-jerk reaction, much like AB/TAR etc for sailor.

  2. AndyT said

    From early on I had a vague feeling there was something clever going on, but we can probably be forgiven for overlooking the theme this time. Some good clues today, Sprouthater’s COD being my favourite too, but also some niggles with debatable definitions. Not, however, with 28ac, a word that I’ve always assumed is pronounced Latin-fashion, which turns out to be wrong. Ah well.

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