i Cryptic Crossword 1866 Morph

January 31, 2017

A clever and enjoyable puzzle today, with a positively pluvious meteorological theme. Morph is to be congratulated on the five 15 letter entries which form the skeleton of this grid, although it has to be said that without the three vertical ones the connections between the four corners are rather skimpy. Getting those in early is therefore a big help.

Two clues caused a bit of a kerfuffle over at Fifteensquared back in August 2012: the debatable homophone at 13ac and the remarkably abstruse 22d, which I was unable to parse despite the solution being clear enough. Clever … maybe too clever by half. Otherwise it’s entertaining, inventive stuff, with a few smiles to be had along the way. I liked 10, 15 and the snortworthy 19 in particular, but not quite as much as 12ac which is my COD:

“Phone inquiry to personnel department in Dortmund area? (4)”

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1866 Morph”

  1. dtw42 said

    Agreed with all the above 🙂

  2. jonofwales said

    What he said. 22d was indeed a bit too clever for its own good, and I didn’t like ‘s’ for ‘is’ in 7d. The rest was thoroughly enjoyable, perhaps on the easier side for Morph. The long clues thankfully were all pretty gettable, even if the wordplay always wasn’t, which helped… Agreed on the COD. 🙂

  3. Cornick said

    Yup. You guys have covered all the bases. The liberties taken didn’t really detract from an excellent puzzle, and one has to accept that this sort of boundary pushing is probably a very healthy symptom.

    • Cornick said

      Oh and interesting to note Eimi’s inclusion of the word ‘sometimes’ as a qualifier for the 13a homophone.

  4. atters said

    Hi, what was 21ac??

    • batarde said

      “Ratteries”. You’ll find the full explanation if you click on the bold “Fifteensquared” in my post. Not, it has to be said, a candidate for clue of the day.

  5. atters said

    Fab. Thanks!! Was the last one, can sleep soundly now!

  6. Gillian said

    22 is about dotting a lower case i

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