i Cryptic Crossword 2004 Crosophile

July 11, 2017

The Tuesday theme is perhaps rather inchoate this week, with some jiggery here, a dash of pokery there and more than a few entries which put one in mind of breakfast. It’s clever stuff, but shouldn’t cause the solver too much difficulty. What’s really fiendish is the Nina: no, I didn’t spot it until I read the comments at Fifteensquared, but it deserves a ripple of applause. Cheers, Crosophile!

As for the clues, nothing really leapt out for good or ill. There are a few sitting ducks, and a couple of really rather tricksy ones: for instance it took me an age to dismantle 1ac, despite there being no doubt about the answer. My favourite is a bit silly:

23ac: “Metal-worker is like a more contented cat? (8)”

The puzzle dates back to March 2013.

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4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2004 Crosophile”

  1. jonofwales said

    By no means a write-in, but not an impossible solve either, though I did struggle in the SW corner. Now, if only I’d spotted that Nina…

  2. New word of the day: a person who makes spurs!

  3. Cornick said

    Spurrier was new to me too.
    Spotted theme but not Nina.
    Liked the soldiers clue a lot.
    Good puzzle.

  4. sprouthater said

    Hi Tec make shoes not smartphones ☺. Some of this seemed a bit over contrived probably to incorporate the invisible Nina. Particularly liked 20ac.

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