i Cryptic Crossword 2237 Radian

April 10, 2018

Radian’s at the top of the Tuesday leader table again, with his third themed crossword of the year. It always seems to me that he gives great value for money, and that’s certainly the case here with an absorbing and intricately interlinked puzzle which was a pleasure to unpick. No wonder the praise was unanimous over at Fifteensquared back in December 2013.

There are two gateway clues, either of which will show the way, and oodles of thematic material. Nothing strikes me as obscure, although if you want a quibble a record is and always will be a thing of vinyl in my opinion, and therefore 11ac got a Paddington stare. Clues of note included the inventive 4d (I don’t recall having seen anything quite like that before); the cheerfully ribald 23ac, and the tricky crossing pair of 24d and 26ac. The latter is my COD for the well concealed definition.

“Mature stage writer rises, bent over (8)”

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2237 Radian”

  1. StanXYZ said

    Brilliant!

  2. jonofwales said

    Wasn’t that good! Impressive throughout with lots of smiles, and a groan too when I eventually spotted what we needed to do with 22ac and down. 24d I didn’t understand on solving, but the rest went in without too much ado.

  3. sprouthater said

    On seeing all of those interlinked clues I was sure I wasn’t going to like this, well for once I was wrong, yes CD’s aren’t records and I tutted a bit at 9ac “here and there” but overall it was excellent. Torn between 17ac and 26ac for my favourite.

  4. Didn’t enjoy yesterday’s, but today’s was wonderful. Really enjoyed that.

  5. dtw42 said

    Yup, that was a good ‘un.
    Probably appreciated more for having the day off work so being able to look at it in a solid block rather than bitty moments here and there. 24dn was my LOI.

  6. Cornick said

    So glad that someone went on a mission from my retreat in the glens to bring me this paper = a real treat from start to finish.
    Tuesdays really do give us some humdingers.

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