i Cryptic Crossword 2112 Radian

November 14, 2017

This puzzle is largely concerned with 9ac, which really isn’t my beaker of oolong. Nevertheless, no special knowledge is required over and above an Irish river, this bit of gung-ho doggerel and the Welsh rugby team which seems to be popping up every other day just lately. Radian can be relied upon to play with a straight bat so no complaints on my part, although there was another outbreak of mild unpleasantness at Fifteensquared concerning 6d. Nothing compared to the squaring-up we saw yesterday, but uncalled for all the same. Yes, the clue is a bit dubious, but we all got the idea, didn’t we? A tip of the hat to Eileen for responding to that with aplomb.

Lots of linked clues today, and plenty of phrases which made for a rather unusual solving experience which I enjoyed. Two outstanding contenders for COD this time, both involving confectionery: 25 and 10ac. The latter wins on points.

“Lily trained in a bar? Lily? (9)”

This crossword first appeared in July 2013, around the time of The Open – which appears to be something to do with golf.


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2112 Radian”

  1. jonofwales said

    Enjoyable, and a lot more straightforward than I anticipated when I saw the sporty theme. 6d was an odd one, but I doubt it will have stopped many from solving the clue. 1d raised a smile. 🙂

  2. sprouthater said

    Balls seem to figure largely in the clues and that’s exactly what I thought when I spotted the theme but it was a lot better than expected. Had trouble parsing 1ac and 20dn, didn’t mind 6dn but don’t really see how 24dn works.

  3. dtw42 said

    Same experience here; moderately challenging, but in a good way.
    Sprouthater, I puzzled over 24dn too; in the end I think it’s:
    “people on vacation” = P(eopl)E (vacate=empty)
    “stops” = plugs up, i.e. insertion indicator
    “working” = ON
    so O(P…E)N

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