i Cryptic Crossword 2174 Anax

January 26, 2018

We have had a couple of tough puzzles already this week and today we get yet another and its another Saturday reprint! and oh joy its Anax . First in was 9ac, a nice solve from the wordplay that was followed by 15ac a straightforward anagram, as was 23ac. with perhaps three quarters of it solved the rest was causing a bit of a headache. 1ac went in because it fitted 3dn and 20ac required Google to confirm but 19dn remained blank I’d had enough after spending a long time with the SE corner and 4dn where I had entered “ruination” until the excellent 11ac was resolved. As usual there are some very good clues 8dn and 24ac among them but the one that I really enjoyed was of course

COD 25ac  Food – you don’t say its left! (4)

To October 2013 where this only drew three comments



7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2174 Anax”

  1. dtw42 said

    Well, I needed a lot of word-finder help, but I was determined not to let a third one get the best of me. 25ac went in without understanding why. In the end it was just 22dn that I couldn’t see. 18ac held out almost to the very end (where my mind was boggling at Y???E). Several had definitions I didn’t think much of, though (19ac, I’m looking at you).

  2. jonofwales said

    For a puzzle by Anax I found this to be surprisingly accessible. 9d was my first one in as well, and together with the long acrosses gave good in-roads into the grid. I needed help with a couple – notably the painting which I would never have got unaided – and the whole took a while, as expected. But fueled by coffee I got there in the end.

    A good puzzle to end the week. I often find Anax to be daunting, but I found this surprisingly enjoyable, and in fact my puzzle of the week so far. Favourite clues 14d and 2d.

  3. AndyT said

    Rather similar in some respects to yesterday’s Monk, but fortunately innocent of the strained-to-breaking-point definitions which got my dander up. Anyway, I like Anax: he has an oddball approach to clue writing and a sense of humour to go with it. Needed the big red book to check that sail, but otherwise nothing seemed obscure – happy customer this time. All the same, it’s been quite a challenging week, hasn’t it?

  4. Cornick said

    Yes, three puzzles form the top drawer of difficulty this week, and not a week for coprophobes – but I’d say this was a bit easier than either Monk yesterday or the clever ‘set’ puzzle from Scorpion on Tuesday.
    Enjoyable as ever from this setter, although I failed at the end on 22d, imagining an alternative spelling, padi, for paddy, which sort of fitted.

  5. A very bad week for me. 10 – 9. What was the conclusion, by the way, about 1across. Is it just a cryptic definition?

    • jonofwales said

      I haven’t got any better ideas. A very odd clue…

    • Cornick said

      Yup, pretty sure it’s just a cryptic. It hinges on making us think it’s one kind of military occupation – like that of Iraq or wherever – but actually it’s a different meaning.

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