i Cryptic Crossword 1973 Hypnos

June 5, 2017

A reasonably straightforward and enjoyable puzzle to start the week, just right for those of us who’ve yet to wake up, and may not do so for the rest of the day. I thought we might have a pangram for a while, especially when the implausibly named 9d appeared in the grid, but unless I’m missing something I think we’re at least one letter short. Couldn’t / didn’t fully parse 24ac, 9d and 20d (the equally implausibly named sloth), but the rest went in easily enough.

COD? 2d – ‘Bit of excellent work in NY by top volunteers brought up for refinement (11)’.

To February 2013 already:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1973 Hypnos”

  1. sprouthater said

    Whizzed through most of this but came to a juddering halt with 21a, 2d and 9d which were all solved eventually mainly by guesswork.

  2. Cornick said

    It comes as something of a surprise when a gentle sequence of clues is followed by a three-toed sloth and a Serbian tennis player – well done to Hypnos for managing to clue that one.

  3. AndyT said

    Struggled with this at the end owing to that jumble of Mittel-European letters running through the middle, and wasn’t too happy to run into a three-toed sloth on a Monday. Not very keen on this one, really.

  4. dtw42 said

    The sloth made me smile when I twigged to it – was nice to see such a common Scrabble word unexpectedly turn up in a crossword (expect to see volcanic rock = aa next). Completely failed to make sense of the long name down the middle, even once all the crossing letters were in, and despite my girlfriend being a massive tennis fan and currently telling me all about the latest from Roland Garros…

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