i Cryptic Crossword 2145 Morph

December 22, 2017

I usually find Morph tough and this didn’t disappoint in its toughness. Lots were entered without fully understanding why  9ac and 20dn being foremost amongst these, luckily there were a few write ins to get started with. I didn’t enter anything with complete certainty until 19ac and then it was then only 25 and 26 of the across clues that went in.  The supposed footie reference in 1dn didn’t fool me:-) and I was straight in with Hair but the rest of it was a little harder untangle likewise 2dn one of my final entries, I must admit “spikier” never occurred to me and I couldn’t find Reiki in the dictionary and on the internet into doesn’t mention massage just a Spiritual Healing, but having never indulged I must assume Morph knows what he’s talking about. 6dn is an obscure plural and was entered wrongly until I spotted the anagram at 14ac Deputy = MP  seems a bit strange to me as well. of the rest they all, on completion seem fair and as usual very clever with plenty to pick from for COD

1dn    Barnet manager praises performance after double left-right substitution (9

The Blog from August 2013 is here http://www.fifteensquared.net/2013/08/15/independent-8373-morph/

And finally  A very Happy Christmas 

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2145 Morph”

  1. jonofwales said

    The top half I found to be pretty straightforward, but the rest took twice as long again. Last in were 22d and 23d, both of which I thought pretty tricky. One or two went in without fully understanding the wordplay, in particular 6d.

    As good as ever from Morph, I liked 12ac and 13d in particular today.

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  2. dtw42 said

    Agreed re the top half being easier than the bottom (several of the downs springing from 1ac were enjoyably clever), and some going in without fully understanding. Actually failed at the end on 20dn and came here to see what it was.

  3. AndyT said

    I’m not always entirely receptive to Morph, but yesterday’s attack of the grumps has clearly worn off and I’d rate this puzzle exceedingly good. Precision workmanship throughout, and a correspondingly creditable tally of ticks – including two for 9ac which is one of the best I’ve seen for quite a while.

    Many thanks for all the blogs Sprouthater: Friday is a sticky wicket on which to bat if you ask me, and you’ve certainly had your fair share of stinkers to deal with. Merry Christmas!

  4. New words of the day: the plural of those drums, and an onager “also known as hemione or Asiatic wild ass”.

  5. Cornick said

    Same here re top half straightforward (and very good) bottom half fiendishly complicated and sadly unfinished before coming here. And yes, merry Christmas one and all.

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