i Cryptic Crossword 2162 Morph

January 12, 2018

I’ve said before that Morph and I don’t always get along and this puzzle which has a theme that requires some knowledge of to solve and has quite a few long and convoluted clues was exactly not my cup of tea. Its always nice to read the first clue and solve it straightaway but 4ac just left me with a bit of a sinking feeling, fortunately there were some that were more accessible and I gradually started to solve more even underlining what I considered to be grossly unfair abbreviations, about halfway through I noticed the rather strange grid and that the bottom line read WTF, which is one of the few examples of Text Speak that I know, realisation then struck not that it helped that much. In the end it was just 22 and 23ac left, a lucky guess for 23 but I gave up with 22.

COD well 3dn and 18ac both scored well 9dn made me smile but

6dn  Most in rose garden might be attacked by one?  (7)

This was originally a Saturday Prize Puzzle from September 2013 and the blog and explanations are here http://www.fifteensquared.net/2013/09/28/independent-8405-by-morph-saturday-prize-puzzle-21-september-2013/




9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2162 Morph”

  1. dtw42 said

    Funny how we all fare differently; in contrast to yesterday I sailed (relatively) quickly through this one, and enjoyed it. Once I’d worked out WHY 22ac was what it was, I thought that was very clever and it got a tick. The net-speak acronyms I spotted as a mini-theme early on (though I admit to not spotting the top- and bottom-row ones until you mentioned them).

  2. Cornick said

    I loved all the acronym stuff – brilliant idea.
    A level easier than Nestor yesterday, and a level more difficult than Dac on Wednesday. Indeed with the exception of a slightly underwhelming Monday, a perfect example of the shape of a week doing the i crosswords.

  3. AndyT said

    Very droll: I thoroughly enjoyed this one and had a good old smirk about the Nina. Sorry it wasn’t up your street, Sprouters – seemed like a lively way to finish off the week to me.

  4. jonofwales said

    I enjoyed this, and did sort of spot the mini-theme. I wish I’d spotted the Nina at the top and bottom of the grid because it would have helped with my last few in. Difficulty as per Cornick’s rating. 🙂

    I couldn’t parse 22ac but luckily knew it. Ditto 4d, though that could have been little else starting V?N… 18ac still has me stumped – if broken is the anagram indicator, what’s “split up” doing there?

    • dtw42 said

      I think “split up” is the container/contents indicator for putting the broken HEART into the BE?

      • jonofwales said

        I think you’re right. I’ve got so used to there not being an indicator that a setter playing fair takes me by surprise. 🙂

      • Cornick said

        I took it that ‘split up’ means you need to split the second word. That then gives a very ordinary anagram: ‘Be heart broken’ which then leads to the answer.

      • jonofwales said

        Yes, that makes more sense. One day this week I’ll wake up. 🙂

  5. Yes, I enjoyed this one. 7 – 3

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