i Cryptic Crossword 2096 Hypnos

October 26, 2017

Our second IoS reprint of the week comes courtesy of Hypnos. Perhaps not as straightforward as Monday’s offering, this was still on the easy side for the i, with no major hold-ups along the way. I didn’t know the dog referenced in 1d, but the club could be little else. Also had to think a bit about what 20ac might be – funnily enough, the first letter was one I hadn’t scribbled down beside the H in an attempt to jog my memory. Last in 21d which sort of works, I suppose.

COD? Ok, it’s an old one, but 25d is still quite elegantly succinct – “Deep sea fish (4)”.

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9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2096 Hypnos”

  1. dtw42 said

    My last two in were 18ac and THEN 1dn (bloody *football* clubs, not part of my mindset at all!). I thought this was quite tricky in places.

  2. AndyT said

    Thought “oh right, that’s how it’s going to be” on first glance at 1ac, but it wasn’t. An enjoyable and fairly straightforward puzzle. Is it just me, or is 26ac the most bizarre chunk of unmitigated gobbledegook we’ve seen in a clue for ages?

  3. Cornick said

    Pretty intricate wordplay in there – of the sort I love, but when I try explaining to my beloved, she rolls her eyes and goes back to the Codeword.

  4. sprouthater said

    Quite tricky and intricate wordplay yes agree with all that and then there was 1dn with I got from the checking letters but the parsing was meaningless to me.

  5. 20a and 30a can both go in the Uxbridge Dictionary.

  6. Nick said

    Some awful surfaces in this set of clues, and some dubious parsing.

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