i Cryptic Crossword 2213 Radian

March 13, 2018

Twenty eight clues in this puzzle, of which only eleven are unconnected to the theme. That, in my opinion, is going it some. A whole welter of interconnected clues is right up my street, but I do realise that this is probably a minority opinion and there were certainly some disgruntled solvers over at Fifteensquared back in November 2013. Good job it only happens once in a blue moon, then. Of course it helps if the gateway clue is accessible, and 21d could hardly have been more so.

A couple of niggles today. I didn’t much care for the god in 22ac; and it always seems to me that using compilers’ noms de plume as components is rather self-referential and not conducive to the happiness of casual solvers. An habitual Times type who happened across this puzzle would very likely have been discombobulated by 17ac, one would suppose. Those two notwithstanding it’s all good stuff. Three clues stand out for me: 6d, 25ac (some will be expecting me to go with that one as COD, no doubt), and finally 5d, which is my choice:

“Women who work are mostly trapped in havoc! (3,5)”


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2213 Radian”

  1. Carol said

    Can’t make head or tail of it. Nonsense really

    • batarde said

      Hello Carol. May I suggest that you have a think about what 21d and 4d might allude to, and then have a look at 9ac and 24d. That might provide a toehold. Also, if you click on “theme” in the first sentence of my write-up, there’s a hefty hint to be had. 😉

  2. jonofwales said

    Now I don’t usually like this sort of thing, but 9ac is a bit of a chestnut – that I was glad of today – and I quickly cottoned on, and found the whole to be thoroughly enjoyable. I had several ticks by 19d, in addition to the COD and several others. On the easy side as well, after that initial sinking feeling, with clues like 22d a bit of a write-in. I suspect this will be a Marmite puzzle.

    I didn’t like d for god either, though it was pretty obvious what you were supposed to be removing, or the use of the setter’s name. Some would argue that was due to disgruntlement after spending an age looking for I, ME, or an abbreviated version of Radian somewhere. 🙂

    My last two in were 5d and 7d, the latter taking a large chunk of the solving time.

  3. sprouthater said

    My first thought was ugh but it wasn’t that difficult to complete couldn’t parse 8ac and having read the blog still think it’s an awful cryptic clue, 17ac and 22ac but got tuts the rest was ok (ish).

  4. Cornick said

    I well remember a time when the look of those clues would have had me slithering off to the Codeword, but one gets the hang of these things in life – eventually.
    As it turned out, a pretty quick solve, with 13d giving me my ‘way in’. I mean, how many London water features do you know?
    The God = D thing didn’t bother me, indeed that clue got one of my two ticks today (I don’t really bother ticking during the week).
    Really enjoyed it.

  5. Jimbo said

    The first letter of 21 features in 20, which references the answer to 21. Absolute no-no for me so I couldn’t be bothered.

  6. batarde said

    For those who didn’t care for this one, there’s a bit of a treat on offer at The Guardian today. Nothing particularly taxing, but it put a smile on my face.

  7. allan_c said

    Don’t remember doing this back in 2013. Once I twigged that ‘1’ in ‘1 of 21’ didn’t refer to clue 1 I was well away and enjoyed the solve. Only one grumble – the use of ‘setter’ to refer to another setter’s pseudonym is unfair to new solvers. But was it just coincidence that yesterday’s Indy puzzle (I’m writing this on Wednesday) was by Serpent?

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