i Cryptic Crossword 1968 Radian

May 30, 2017

It seems to me that there’s a particular style of crossword which Eimi likes to serve up on a Tuesday: it’s rarely the hardest of the week but often the most entertaining. Small wonder therefore that Radian frequently takes the slot, witty puzzles with jiggery-pokery being something of a speciality. Today’s was littered with thematic material, a few red herrings and some amusing surfaces, and all told represented about as much fun as one can have sitting down with a newspaper and a ballpoint pen. I’d venture to suggest that this one should be right up Sprouthater’s street.

I have plenty of ticks today and no complaints. When the puzzle first appeared back in February 2013 there was a bit of criticism for 24ac over at Fifteensquared, several curmudgeons taking the view that “man” should have a capital letter. Not if you’re conversant with John Donne, is what I think, and at any rate it’s hardly a “criminal offence”. Ho hum. Do pay them a visit though – comment 11 is snortworthy.

With so many contenders for COD I shall be perverse and pick the easiest clue in crossword … if you spot it:

22ac: “Media criticism is too much for 1 across, perhaps (9)”

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1968 Radian”

  1. jonofwales said

    Despite spotting the theme quite quickly, I still managed to struggle with this after a quick start, especially on the RHS. Lots to like, and lots of ticks by the clues. 19d my favourite today.

  2. dtw42 said

    As a typography nerd, I enjoyed this (slotting it in between the 5/23 that I’m supposed to be doing) ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. After a fairly easy week, this came as a bit of a shock to the system. Never heard of 15a, so last one in for me…

  4. Cornick said

    Thoroughly excellent.
    Yes, Virgilius used to occupy the Tuesday slot and was almost always the puzzle of the week – we miss him, but the Tuesday slot is still usually a treat. Certainly this one was, even though it did take me quite a lot of tussling.

  5. sprouthater said

    Only four questions in and I’d spotted the theme! but it wasn’t really “up my street” most of the theme here belonged in the composing room. Printers didn’t trouble themselves with what went on in thereโ˜บ.
    Some of this I found quite difficult 15a was actually called em dash in my neck of the woods. I think it was the estimable Cornick who mentioned his dislike of “on ” as a container indicator and here it is again at 28a, awful, but the lack of a capital in 24a didn’t bother me.

    • Cornick said

      Well I’m probably far too opinionated, is the truth – but the jolly old ‘on board’ thing is a peculiar bit of Crosswordese whereby if something is on a ship it must be contained within SS. if you can swallow that, then the clue was another corker. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • AndyT said

      My apologies, Sprouthater. Clearly it would be a compositor who ought to know his asterix from his pilcrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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