i Cryptic Crossword 1992 Morph

June 27, 2017

I don’t recall Morph being much of a one for themes, but it being Tuesday there is one with a number of linked clues loosely based around 21d and 14ac. Please see the original February 2013 Fifteensquared blog for much hilarity and a reminder of how very topical this combination of subjects was at the time. The more you look, the better it gets. This setter can be relied upon for a fair old tussle, and it was a matter of a slow start with heavy going, gathering pace until the dash for the finish line in the final furlong. My last ones in were 16d and 25ac: a sneaky pair.

Lots to enjoy today, with a good tally of ticks and no quibbles. All four 12-letter peripheral entries are noteworthy, and my choice for COD came down to either 1d or 10d. I’m going for the latter, because (like 27ac for that matter) not only is top drawer, it also combines both halves of the theme:

“Devour stewed filled trotters for these? (4,8)”

Regarding 11ac, I assume that another venerable and relevant anagram came readily to everybody’s minds? Full marks to Morph for resisting the temptation.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1992 Morph”

  1. jonofwales said

    I usually enjoy Morph’s puzzles, but must admit to finding this one a bit over-convoluted. Oh well…

  2. dtw42 said

    Phew, that was tough for me: I had to get a fair bit of electronic assistance. 16dn was last, because I failed completely on 25ac and came here to find out the answer (turns out: never heard of it).
    Yes, the famous 11ac anagram came to my mind too.
    Bit of a shame that the answer from 27ac was along the bottom instead of along the top: then all the 21dn could have been said to be “Under …”

  3. sprouthater said

    I can’t say that I’ve ever really enjoyed Morph’s puzzles and some of the rather loose definitions and over complicated clues used here did nothing to change that view.

  4. I’m sure the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork puzzles over 11a in one of the Discworld novels… 16d and 25a also unseated me.

  5. Cornick said

    Thank you AndyT for fulfilling my prediction of a comment on the anagram at 11a 😉 – ironic that the obvious was ignored in view of the theme.
    I thought this excellent – despite failing to see the answer to the COD for ages; I had all the wordplay worked out andseveral crossers but just couldn’t see it… but then, with that in place, a quick dash to the line.

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