i Cryptic Crossword 2105 Raich

November 6, 2017

First of all, congratulations to Mark Goodliffe on his 11th Times Crossword Championship win. I’m guessing he would have knocked out today’s i puzzle in double quick time, but was happy myself to finish in less than the time it took him to complete the Independent, Guardian and Times cryptics one after the other on his YouTube channel. I’m guessing I won’t be troubling the champion any time soon, but was pretty pleased to finish that quickly nevertheless.

Enjoyable as ever from Raich, only 16d and my LOI, 25ac, gave any real pause for thought. Just what the doctor ordered on a frosty, slightly-bleary eyed Monday morning.

Lots to enjoy, COD goes to 23ac – “It could give Nice altered tone potentially? (7,8)”.

Our IoS reprint comes from July 2013:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2105 Raich”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yup, all nice and speedy here. I was fine with 25ac; 19 and then 16 were my last ones in.

  2. AndyT said

    19 and 16 here too, both of which caused a slight raising of the eyebrows. Plenty of good stuff wrapped up in a user friendly Monday package anyway. My commiserations to Mr Goodliffe, who must spend an absolute fortune on newspapers, puzzle books and what have you. He really does seem to be the Muhammad Ali of the crossword world.

  3. Yes, very enjoyable. I guess my level of difficulty!

  4. Jimbo said

    A quick but enjoyable romp. Perfect for a Monday. More of the same please.

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