i Cryptic Crossword 1964 Alchemi

May 25, 2017

A fairly light offering today from Alchemi that didn’t take too much time overall, though I did come badly unstuck at the end on 21d and across which seemed to come from a much harder puzzle altogether. No theme or Nina, despite suspicions when first 4ac and then 23ac appeared in quick succession. For the most part pretty workmanlike and in good order, there were also more than a few that sparkled, COD for me going to 14d – ‘Despicable people caught in lies about where to dig for ore (6,4)’.

To New Year’s Eve 2012:


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1964 Alchemi”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yup, more of less the same here 🙂

  2. AndyT said

    I can find no fault with Mr Chemi’s puzzle … but it didn’t last very long. In fact, for the first time in a dog’s age I managed to fill it in in sequence from 1ac to 26d with no going back, so for my money this can certainly be added to the list of puzzles for beginners discussed on Monday.

  3. sprouthater said

    A snack indeed, pretty tasty to but I would have liked something a tad more filling☺

  4. Cornick said

    Nothing to frighten the horses, but I did admire the polish on these clues.
    With Eimi being this gentle on us recently, is there a Nimrod or something waiting round the corner, I wonder?

  5. Yes, my last in was 21 down also. Wasn’t happy with 21a either. Does the word “back” do double duty here? Meaning TR backwards. And at the back of filter?

    • Cornick said

      I took it to be that ‘to’ (after ‘back’) means ‘joined to’ or ‘put on the end of’. Not the best, but they do it sometimes. 🙂

  6. allan_c said

    Just wondered if this puzzle was chosen to reprint now as a brief passing tribute to Roger Moore, aka The Saint, in the clue to 1dn. Or simply coincidence?

    • AndyT said

      I briefly speculated about that too. Eimi does pick out apt crosswords from time to time, which makes me wonder whether he has some fiendish database, or relies on Fifteensquared like the rest of us. If you type ” the saint” into the search box over there, this puzzle certainly comes up. So does a Nimrod of similar vintage … now, if Eimi chose the lighter option for Thursday does that mean he has something particularly indigestible lined up for Sprouthater on Friday?

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