i Cryptic Crossword 1884 Glow-Worm

February 21, 2017

Glow-worm’s appearances in the i being rather infrequent, I’m never really sure what to expect. This reprinted IOS prize puzzle from September 2012 turned out to be an entertaining novelty, with a mini theme and a wide variety of devices to enjoy.

Regarding that theme, the three similarly constructed double-barrelled clues are distinctly impressive … but something is passing me by. Judging by the excellent Fifteensquared blog by scchua, there’s a connection to The Scaffold, but the links are broken, alas, and I’ve failed dismally to track it down. If anybody cares to explain, that would a very public-spirited gesture.

4 (ignoble little word), 18 (only a count noun for the linguistically indolent) and 13 (for obvious reasons) didn’t go down all that well with me, but otherwise all good. 7, 14 and 24 all raised a smile, but it should surprise no-one that my somewhat louche clue of the day is 3d:

“Rising bare-breasted on Sunday is plumb … (4-2)”

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1884 Glow-Worm”

  1. jonofwales said

    I think the Scaffold reference is to a little picture puzzle scchua added to the blog, as I believe he sometimes does?

    After I’d eventually managed to track down a copy of the i (there seems to be a shortage in S Wales today), this proved to be about average difficulty, though no doubt if I’d been feeling more awake today I would got the longer, thematic clues earlier and had an easier time of it. As it is. Tuesdays. 🙂

  2. Michael said

    The link was to an old page that transcribed the lyrics to The Scaffold’s song ‘Today’s Monday’. This is the song itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP008_rLBuI

    • AndyT said

      Many thanks Michael: I assumed that it was in some way relevant, but apparently not.

      • Michael said

        Yes – I thought I must be missing something too, but it just seems to be a tenuous connection between a song about dreary working class routine that mentions food and three clues about poor people’s food.
        Incidentally, in case you don’t already know, you can often find now-broken links by going to the internet archive at http://www.archive.org, typing in the link and clicking on an appropriate date.

  3. dtw42 said

    Finished this one fairly quickly this morning. 🙂 I’d not heard of 21/17 but the anagram unpicked fairly easily once the themette established by 1/26 and 15/11 was made apparent. Surely “Carcassonne” was mis-spelled (not just today but in the IoS original, it seems)?

    • jonofwales said

      Various travel sites have done the same, so it appears Glow-Worm’s in good company, but yes. 🙂

  4. Cornick said

    Ingenious fare from Glow-worm. Most enjoyable.

  5. sprouthater said

    Took me quite a while to get into this. I’d never heard of a 21/17 or the French town so that was a bit of a hindrance. Mostly enjoyable though.

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