i Cryptic Crossword 2018 Scorpion

July 27, 2017

A little on the challenging side, I thought, though I am a little under the weather at the moment so that could be to blame. Especially given how long it took me to spot the hidden clue. There’s a theme, which I totally missed – thinking we were on our way to a pangram – of double letters in each of the clues, which I wish I’d spotted because it would have made life much easier. 10ac I knew thanks to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddbnr-YjmMY, 23ac thanks to the local library when I was young. 15ac I didn’t.

COD? 25ac – ‘Stick at shaving facial hair (6)’.

To March 2013 once more:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2018 Scorpion”

  1. sprouthater said

    As usual I missed the double letters. Made a brisk start with 6,9,10 and 11 going straight in then ground to a bit of a halt, unfortunately Napoli for 6ac seemed perfectly reasonable but of course it was wrong. Got there in the end though with a few tuts and groans but generally mostly good.

    • jonofwales said

      Yep, I confidently wrote in Napoli as well. Only the distinct lack of any suitable country to fill the down put me right. Eventually.

      • Cornick said

        Without wishing to teach grandmother etc., ‘very quiet’, when p is involved should only ever be double. Mind you, I considered Napoli!

  2. Cornick said

    For me this was a perfect puzzle. I missed the ‘theme’ but no matter – what I liked was the level of challenge; this sounds like nonsense but the easiest clues were hard and the hardest clues were easy (well, I know what I mean). Nothing was a gimme and nothing was inaccessible with a little thought.
    Puzzle of the week or more for me!

  3. Ground to a halt in the SW corner. Also didn’t spot the double letters which would have helped with 19a and 25a. New word: sash saw.

  4. AndyT said

    I would have enjoyed this all the more without a hyperactive toddler in the vicinity, hurling Lego hither and thither. Not a permanent situation, thank goodness. Anyway, Scorpion’s style is very much my cup of tea, and this puzzle was splendid throughout. Bravo.

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