i Cryptic Crossword 1890 Mordred

February 28, 2017

A glance at the grid and the name of the setter were enough to make my blood run cold this morning, but as it turned out this must surely be the gentlest Mordred ever to appear in the i. All done and dusted in good time, and would you believe it? – I even spotted the theme.

When the puzzle first appeared back in September 2012, some of the commenters on the Fifteensquared blog entry were perplexed by 10ac. I assume that they do not have a knitter in the household. The only obscurity, easily resolved by a quick web search, is the cat in 28ac. And here is a picture of the beastie in question, in case anyone is interested. Otherwise not a great deal to say except that it’s a nicely put together crossword with plenty of well crafted clues. My favourite is the faultlessly smooth 27ac:

“Enticing performance of singers on rocks (5,4)”

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1890 Mordred”

  1. dtw42 said

    Just finished this – 28ac was last in and a guess (thankfully correct) – I had not heard of the cat in question. 3, 9, and 10 were tentatively put in just before that, but otherwise the rest was fairly quick and smooth. With that grid I was half expecting some sort of perimeter message. Didn’t spot the theme (oops).

  2. jonofwales said

    Stuck as I was at the end on 10ac and 9d (at least until I spotted that I’d misspelt 1d) I was desperately looking for a theme. And didn’t find one. 😀 Fairly gentle for Mordred, with much flying by.

  3. sprouthater said

    Fairly straightforward for Mordred I thought, except for the guess at 28a. Got 10a after a visit to my thesaurus which just left 3d which I really didn’t think much of.

  4. Bruise said

    wrt the cleaver / chopper issue. There should be a word for two solutions to a cryptic clue? Concryptation perhaps ?

    • AndyT said

      Interesting. A cleaver is distinct from an axe, but on the other hand an axe can be used for cleaving. Seems like a fair point to me: well spotted.

  5. Cornick said

    First three-quarters easy by Mordred’s standards; last few had me scratching my head quite a bit longer. In the story of 8a, for example, it’s quite a narrative jump from a bit of wooing to the High Court!
    Fortunately spotted the theme, which helped to get Munch, but I did give up without solving 9d – I think of an adze as a tool for rough carpentry rather than dressing.

  6. Dave said

    Started well in the bottom, but defeated by the top. Convinced that 3d must start with a g (Ultimately dropping). I did get the theme so then thought it must be “gallery” for some reason. Didn’t get 8a either.

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