i Cryptic Crossword 2009 Poins

July 17, 2017

An enjoyable, fairly straightforward IoS reprint to start the week. That said, I struggled badly at the close on 10ac, 16d and 22ac, though looking back I can’t see why. It’s been a long weekend…

COD? Lots to enjoy, with my vote going to 18d – ‘A suspicious Moor useless when in love (7)’.

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3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2009 Poins”

  1. AndyT said

    No real holdups, but there’s something about Poins’ clue writing which confuses me. His habit of putting the first bit last, most likely. Not too troublesome anyway, and enjoyable.

  2. Cornick said

    Yes he can be a bit unhelpful like that, but it helps the surface readings I guess.
    Lots to like, although the parsing of 14d – sidekicks – seems elusive, even having read the explanation on the other side. Does arrogance = side?

  3. Not sure that i like useless = use less = us. Last one in 7d. Wanted it to be clove as a past tense of cleave.

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