i Cryptic Crossword 2094 Jambazi

October 24, 2017

Another interesting crossword from Jambazi, rather tougher than the Tuesday average in my estimation. As before there’s plenty of variety on offer and some clever clue constructions which took a bit of unpicking. There is a mini-theme which means nothing to me, so I’ll simply refer the curious to comment no.5 on the June 2013 Fifteensquared blog entry in which Jambazi explains what’s going on. I did wonder if there was something concerning Harry 22d tucked away in there, what with 5ac and the curious fact that 17ac is his headmaster’s middle name – but apparently not.

What to do about the clue of the day? It’s not as if there’s any shortage of candidates; on the contrary. Honourable mentions for 10, 13 and 19ac, plus 6/16, and the rather impressive write-in at 15d. However, as discussed before I’m a fan of the Uxbridge English Dictionary, so let’s have the shortest clue in the puzzle, 29ac:

“Love like singer? (7)”

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2094 Jambazi”

  1. jonofwales said

    Agreed on the COD. I didn’t find much of this too difficult, but came badly unstuck in the NE corner, not helped by an incorrect PRESS SUITE. Run was quite a sneaky definition at 5ac I’ll say in my defence. Was I the only person to get 17/24 by working backwards from 9d? Fun and inventive throughout.

  2. AndyT said

    As it happens I got 22d by working back from 9d. 😉

  3. Cornick said

    Proof positive of the old truism that a puzzle doesn’t need to be hard to be excellent.
    One outstanding aspect today was Jambazi (Tramp in another place isn’t he?) incorporating everyday phrases into the clues: ‘Working men’s club’.’private nursing hospital’, Harp on about’ and ‘live hurling match’.
    That last clue, 20d, had a lovely Scottish flavour and was my favourite amongst many fine examples.

  4. sprouthater said

    Some excellent and well constructed clues but I was less than enthusiastic about some of the solutions, long forgotten TV programs, and football managers. Singer = Cher is getting as tiresome as Princes = Di was before setters stopped using it.

  5. Cornick said

    Many thanks for the link to the Uxbridge Dictionary, batarde, I’ve been laughing heartily at that. I suppose it would it be completely immoral to pinch its ideas for a crossword puzzle, but it’s mighty tempting…

  6. I really enjoyed this one, but then I really like Phoenix Nights. “I’m a ladybird…” Last ones in were the crossing pair of “press something” and “something down”. Didn’t get that “be” can equal “lie”, as in (I suppose) Let it be//Let it lie?

    • AndyT said

      Something along the lines of “that’s how the matter lies”, is what I thought in a not particularly rigorous sort of way. Chambers seems to agree: “to be or remain passively”.

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