i Cryptic Crossword 2234 Alchemi

April 6, 2018

We end the working week with an enjoyable offering from Alchemi who we havn’t seen since early January. Nothing too obscure although I do wonder what younger solvers make of 4 and 5dn nevertheless this is a good introduction to cryptic crosswords with various clue types and hardly any obscurities the only question marks I had were for the “Chinese” in 3/13dn and 19ac. These are explained over on Fifteensquared where strangely there are no comments about the puzzle just answers to the accompanying picture quiz.

Quite a few ticks  too many to list so

COD  1/11dn   Joint operation with Phi?  (3,11)

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2234 Alchemi”

  1. batarde said

    I feel like my perseverance yesterday has been rewarded with a bit of fun today. Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle, and I for one was pleased by 4d. Despite my dislike of of references to crossword compilers in the usual run of things, the worthy COD is an exception which proves the rule.

  2. dtw42 said

    Well that was a lot nicer, wasn’t it? Several of those raised a smile. Not entirely happy with the 15-ness of my LOI, 17ac, but that was my only quibble.

  3. jonofwales said

    Well, wasn’t that good! A thoroughly enjoyable, easy going puzzle. A nice balance to yesterday’s offering.

  4. Yes, a much happier bunny today. Wasn’t sure that abettal looks like a real word though. And didn’t get 1 BC…

  5. Cornick said

    Managed to get to this perfectly pitched puzzle very late in the day.
    Just popping in to say that the comments on the puzzle (rather than the picture quiz) over at Fifteensquared can be accessed by clicking a link in the blogger’s preamble. Don’t get too excited though, there are only the two.

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