i Cryptic Crossword 2218 Commoner

March 19, 2018

So as we shiver yet again in the latest icy blast sent our way by Putin personally presumably, now that he’s replaced Kim Jong-un as the nation’s bogeyman du jour, something not overly-taxing from Commoner. I can only think of a handful of Stallone films so had to trust to the pretty straightforward cryptic, but with a couple of checking letters and that enumeration it was unlikely to be anything else. I’d come across 27ac before, and knew how to spell it, but 25ac was a bit of a mystery, but again could be little else. The rest fairly flew by, and was everything you could want from an IoS reprint.

Thoroughly enjoyable throughout, I had several ticks by the clues – with special honours to 1ac. But my nomination for COD goes to 14ac, just because I’m always a sucker for this type of clue – “Glibness can be good and bad! (5,8)”.

To December 2013 when I bet it was warmer than it is today:



5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2218 Commoner”

  1. sprouthater said

    German authors, Stallone films and O for hug held me up a bit, lots to like though with 1ac and 25ac being my favourites.

  2. dtw42 said

    Nope, not held up by any of those. Sailed through for once. 😀

  3. batarde said

    Commoner has left me unimpressed before; this one was okay if trivially straightforward. No fewer than five self-congratulatory exclamation marks is overdoing it by anybody’s standards though, surely?

  4. Cornick said

    Very pleasing.
    I agree about hug = O being disappointing and also the overuse of exclamation marks, but I still thought many of these clues were really very good. And nothing more obscure than the cactus which gives us mescaline – which I’m guessing the man or woman on the Clapham omnibus would have remembered once they’d got it.

  5. That was fun wasn’t it. I liked 1a and was my First One In. LOI = 9a

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