i Cryptic Crossword 2147 Hypnos

December 26, 2017

No doubt everybody is bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning, but just in case anyone’s hand slipped with the port decanter yesterday, Eimi has served up something light and fairly undemanding today. An Independent on Sunday reprint from Twelfth Night in 2013 with a few seasonal references which barely amount to a theme, and nothing to frighten the horses.

Good, tidy workmanship from Hypnos as usual, with some rather natty clues to enjoy. The reference in 26ac might be more familiar to readers of other papers, and it seemed to catch scchua out to start with when he wrote the excellent illustrated Fifteensquared blog entry – a shame all that hard work only drew one comment on a point of information. My favourites today included 1, 5 and 15ac, plus 2 and 16d, with the COD going to 28ac:

“Premier, ex-Labour leader, with a lot of Irish and Scottish celebrants? (5,7)”

A list of all this year’s Tuesday themes will follow shortly.

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2147 Hypnos”

  1. jonofwales said

    Yes, I had a big question mark beside 26ac. All finished in short order though, a nicely judged Boxing Day puzzle after too much in the way of festivities and too little sleep. 🙂

  2. dtw42 said

    All fine here; 26ac was one of about four chess celeb names I (as chess-ignorant as they come) would be able to name. The other three are somewhat less likely to occur as parts of crossword answers! LOI for me was 5dn (immediately following 11 and 13ac)

  3. Cornick said

    These relatives will keep TALKING. I probably should have withdrawn to a mind-palace-y type place to avoid them, but hey, it is just once a year…
    Nice puzzle, agreed on COD and similarly baffled by the Nigel reference at 26a – all bunged in without too many problems though.
    Now to have a look at this new compiler Themes…

  4. sprouthater said

    Another question mark for 26ac but ticks for the wordplay of 5dn and 13ac

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