i Cryptic Crossword 1836 Crosophile

December 27, 2016

With a theme, a Nina, some recondite vocabulary and convoluted wordplay, all topped off with a generous sprinkling of smart-aleckry, it’s far too tempting to resist calling this a high-cholesterol puzzle. I think it’s all fair and above board, just about, but solvers may easily be forgiven for deeming it rather indigestible.

There’s some very good stuff in there, mind you, Crosophile being a skilled and often original clue writer. So I shall gloss over the bits which seem de trop for a weekday puzzle, and instead point to some 1acs, like 10 and 20ac, and 6 and 15d. My clue of the day, which caused the penny to drop re the theme, by the way, is 14d:

“Perhaps Black Lace sing badly? (9)”

For learned commentary and exegesis, as usual one can do no better than to visit the good burghers of Fifteensquared, who seemed to enjoy this one way back in September 2011. My thanks in particular to Gaufrid for explaining why 20ac is rather brilliant (I had a question mark next to that one before reading the blog).

One Response to “i Cryptic Crossword 1836 Crosophile”

  1. jonofwales said

    Quite complex in places, and perhaps over-clever, but not as fearsome as his last offering. Quite a few I most definitely needed the blog for parsing.

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