i Cryptic Crossword 2221 Poins

March 22, 2018

Our second IoS reprint of the week comes courtesy of Poins. A little trickier perhaps than Monday’s offering, but only relatively speaking as this still came in way under par for the i. We have an unusual abbreviation at 1ac, and a second definition I’m guessing most solvers won’t know at 15ac, but both clues were perfectly gettable nevertheless, and in the latter case we can all claim to have learnt something – which will probably be forgotten tomorrow – which is probably a good thing. Learning something, not forgetting it that is.

An enjoyable solve, but one where none of the clues in particular jumped out as particularly worthy of note, which is not to damn with faint praise, this being a very good example of a nice, breezy IoS puzzle. So COD? I was toying with the idea of nominating 2d, but I’ll go with 21d because while straightforward it has a nice, smooth surface worthy of Dac – “Sort of art seen as serious (7)”.

Back to November 2013 for all the answers and parsings, should you need them.


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2221 Poins”

  1. dtw42 said

    Held up at the end by 7dn and then 13ac, but prior to that everything went in pretty smoothly here 🙂

  2. batarde said

    Nothing to criticise, and nothing to rhapsodise about either. Sorry if that’s faint praise, but I always seem to feel that way about Poins’ puzzles. The abbreviation in 1ac is so utterly esoteric as to be laughable, and is therefore cheerfully forgiven. The second definition of 15ac is surely a crossword commonplace, though? Or perhaps it’s just horribly familiar to me, having been shanghaied into a barbershop octet at school. “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” … shudder. :-/

  3. sprouthater said

    Got a bit hung up in the NW corner mainly due to the aforementioned 1 and 15ac. Words that make me cringe definitely include Paps.

  4. Cornick said

    Agree with general sentiments above. Very hard to put my finger on it though – I thought my ‘underwhelmedness’ might have been down tiredness, but maybe not!

  5. Andy Currington said

    Did anyone else get ‘Pitstop’ (as in ‘Penelope…’) for 19d? I’ll leave you to work out why…

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