i Cryptic Crossword 2206 Kairos

March 5, 2018

An unexpectedly difficult start to the week from Kairos. An IoS reprint as expected, but for me at least this was more on a level with a Thursday puzzle than a Monday one. In common with the original blogger there were a few I didn’t follow – 10ac and 24d in particular – but all is explained in the comments on the other side. Obscurities such as the synonym for melodious and RIM for Mauritania (what, you didn’t know that?) will not have helped matters for many solvers.

There are a number of hidden words in the grid, which is all very clever, but I’m guessing most solvers will have missed this, and I’m afraid that the comment by Kairos in the comments over on the other side that “The Nina may account for some of the more unusual words”, hits the nail on the head for me as why I often dislike Ninas and themes. If you’ve had to stuff a load of unusual answers into the grid to complete your Nina, then you should be rethinking it altogether and probably dropping it. The puzzle comes first, anything else is an added extra. Rant over. 🙂

I felt vaguely dissatisfied by the time I’d finished, perhaps because of the obscurities, perhaps because I couldn’t get on the setter’s wavelength, perhaps just because it’s Monday and I’m grumpy anyway. Sorry Kairos!

COD? Ok, it’s one of those obscure answers mentioned above, but this for me was fairly clued and nicely done – 15d. “Drivers welcome the new community member into club (9)”.

To November 2013:



6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2206 Kairos”

  1. batarde said

    Crikey – so much to dislike in one puzzle. Glad it didn’t fall to me to write it up because I have absolutely nothing positive to say. Try finding 18d in the OED, by the way, or anywhere else.

  2. sprouthater said

    Well I certainly didn’t finish this without a fair bit of external help. The one tick I awarded was for 11ac. I’m obviously missing something here but 1ac was solved from the cryptic wordplay but what’s it got to do with book?

  3. Cornick said

    Ninas can be terrific fun, but it’s puzzles like this that give them a bad name. Agree with all the sentiments above.

  4. New word of the day: Honduran currency

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