i Cryptic Crossword 2042 External

August 24, 2017

Is this the first daily cryptic from External we’ve had in the i? I think it might be, and wasn’t it good? On the tricky side for an IoS reprint, but solvable with a little thought, and a little care taken with the sometimes very well disguised definitions. That said, much was solved while waiting anxiously in the car for the oldest to return with his first set of GCSE results, so I wasn’t as focused as I perhaps could have been. Last in the SW corner, where I couldn’t think of the viewing area for an age, and wasn’t that confident about the (correct) answer for 16ac. 25ac I was pleased to tease out from the wordplay.

COD? 1d – “Resign? He’s close to the boss (6-2-7)”. Just because the answer might have been obvious, but the cryptic bit was very nicely done.

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10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2042 External”

  1. AndyT said

    That was a pleasant surprise, wasn’t it? I’ve a feeling External is an Inquisitor setter – is that right? In which case you wouldn’t know it, this puzzle being nicely pitched for a weekday with plenty of entertainment value. All four of the, ahem, external long entries were particularly nicely done … well the whole thing was. Looking forward to more like this.

    • jonofwales said

      We had an External Inquisitor fairly recently. This was nicely pitched, without losing any of the quality.

  2. On the tough side. Bottom right corner escaped me. Couldn’t get the crossing pair 25a and 19d. Why does “damage” = Airfare?

  3. sprouthater said

    Yup very tricky and not what I needed on one of my rare busy days. Didn’t quite finish 19dn and 25ac eluded me, this in part due to me making a complete hash of writing ” thief ” and not noticing. Only query that remains is 13ac and the “its” ? But generally an enjoyable puzzle.

  4. dtw42 said

    I fell down on 15ac – just couldn’t see that. Didn’t understand the wordplay of 1dn. Other than that, a mixture of smooth and tricky and all pleasant/fair enough 🙂

    (Agree with JoW’s interpretation of “damage”)

    • AndyT said

      I took 1d to be “s” for second in “reign” = command. Thought that was rather brilliant: smooth, pithy and dashed sneaky. 15 was the one clue which perhaps overstepped the mark, although there’s certainly a discussion to be had about that “its” in 13. The latter seemed forgivable since two of the three letters were checked and the definition was straightforward.

      • sprouthater said

        Why does 15ac ” overstep the mark ” ? I found it much easier to parse than 1dn or 11ac

      • AndyT said

        To my mind it could be argued that 15ac strays into indirect anagram territory – find an obsolete synonym for “police”, perform an indirectly specified modification and reverse it in accordance with the instruction to “review” … this a good deal more convoluted than one would expect from Phi on a Saturday, say. Although, in fairness, par for the Inquisitor course, and I noted rather than baulked at it. 11 felt familiar; not sure if that’s just me.

  5. Cornick said

    No complaints at all from me. Indeed I too was going to say ‘brilliantly judged’ or some such. The long peripherals all went in at the get-go, with trickier clues there to draw out the enjoyment. Thoroughly excellent and I’m glad jonofwales picked 1d as COD – the pick of the bunch.

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