i Cryptic Crossword 1889 Nitsy

February 27, 2017

An enjoyable, fairly straightforward puzzle to get us started this week. I got myself into a bit of a pickle with 19ac, 21ac and 21d especially at the end, otherwise this might have been close to a personal best for the i. The latter is my own fault – a hasty, not to mention rash BLUE EYED left a lot of rethinking and a little scribbling out before the rest fell. Just the one unknown for me today, the underground river referenced in 15ac, but there was no doubt as to the answer. We haven’t seen Nitsy on these shores for a while, but based on this I’d welcome more.

We seem to have an extra large box today for notes under the crossword, I’m guessing that Monday is possibly a slow news day for the i, not to mention a slow advertising day?

COD? 9d – ‘Army kills without error, regularly (6)’.

Our IoS reprint is from September 2012 once more:


Edited to add: Apparently tomorrow’s episode of the always excellent Inside No. 9 has a bit of a crossword theme going on.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1889 Nitsy”

  1. AndyT said

    Very quick today, but all fair and reasonably entertaining. It’s been a while since we’ve had a really glaring mistake in a headline like the one on p.9 – always assuming that it is a mistake. Rather blood-curdling if not.

  2. sprouthater said

    Enjoyable enough puzzle today with only 12a and 9d proving a tad difficult to parse.

  3. dtw42 said

    Yes – I saw the headline typo too. Wasn’t aware that a ‘prosector’ actually is a thing (neither is my spellchecker, it seems), but not hugely surprised.
    At any rate, breezed through the crossword. Perhaps the large notes area just means Nitsy’s clues were conciser than the compositor expected! 🙂

  4. Dave said

    It must have been quite an easy puzzle as I managed to finish it! My least favourite type of clue are the cryptic definitions like 19a, and I agree with 15×15 that 18d seemed weak? No one commented on the doubling up in 24a of SHOT in the clue and SHOOTING in the answer.

  5. Cornick said

    Yes Dave – 18d and 19a were both my last two in and also my two least favourites. Quite a few ticks though and as high a proportion of anagrams as we ever see at the i (5 + 2 part anagrams).
    Jon I had to stop myself from putting in ‘Wide-eyed’ at 16d… and thanks for the link for tomorrow evening. 🙂

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