i Cryptic Crossword 2267 Eimi

May 15, 2018

For those who don’t know, although Quixote is widely referred to as The Don it’s Eimi who is the real capo dei capi – in other words the Independent’s crossword editor, and it is he who chooses our daily puzzle in the i. Long ago I had the interesting experience of meeting the gentleman who then held the same position at The Times, and he showed all the signs of being a hard pressed individual. Perhaps the job isn’t the congenial stroll in the park one might suppose. Anyway, Eimi’s appearances as a setter are quite infrequent and that’s a pity, because he has a distinctive and entertaining style.

Highbrowย theme and Nina today, if you must. I hardly think the average solver will have had much trouble with 20 and 13ac (incidentally, see Eimi’s comment no. 12 onย John’s Fifteensquared blog entry for a horrible and all too plausible alternative scenario), but there are a few oddities lurking, including another lemur. Bit of a sigh about 10ac because of that “wet”, and Turkish cities aren’t really my strong suit. Nor are Civil War generals. No complaints as such about the clues however, and I particularly enjoyed the cheerfully low brow nature of 2d and 27ac. My clue of the day, 25d, provided one of those “oh yes, of course” moments which are among the chief pleasures of the crossword solver:

“Boy one associated with private saving account (4)”

Back to January 2014 for this one.

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12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2267 Eimi”

  1. jonofwales said

    Lots of fun as Eimi’s offerings consistently are. I spotted something going on in the top and bottom rows, and thought mistakenly it was probably something to do with pasta. Oh well, it was the right country. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got the general from the wordplay, but last in was 13ac which raised a smile.

  2. dtw42 said

    Yes, all very entertaining. The general and the city were new to me, but clued clearly enough. “Ret” was about the only thing to make me wrinkle my nose Last in for me was the top half of 7dn – perhaps the CD was a bit weak or perhaps my thinking was.

  3. sprouthater said

    The theme and Nina were certainly highbrow they went straight over my head, luckily I did spot the anagram fodder in 20ac but then needed to check the answer with Google. Eimi’s comments made me smile, we didn’t get enJohnsoned but we did get disMayed.

  4. Jimbo said

    Absolute cracker of a puzzle, I thought. Kept getting stuck but either a lightbulb moment or working out the theme kept moving me on. 27 and 25 were delightful, leading to my LOI of 21.

  5. I have to confess that most of this just went straight over my head not knowing Civil War Generals, or Turkish cities, let alone 14th century Italian poets. Last week someone complained about not knowing Raith Rovers, and asking for not as many football related clues. I guess quizzes are always easy when you know the answers, and very difficult when you don’t.

  6. Justin.roake said

    Why is ret wet? And why is mayhem (= chaos) ‘wilful infliction of injury’?? Thanks

    • batarde said

      Ret (= expose to moisture; soak; soften) is a crossword bad penny which just keeps on turning up, especially in barred puzzles. Hence my sigh. Mayhem is more interesting, because it has a precise (if archaic) legal meaning: you guessed it, “infliction of physical injury on a person, so as to impair or destroy that person’s capacity for self-defence”. Thanks to the OED for that demonstration of what I suspected but could be bothered to confirm earlier on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jonofwales said

      Hi Justin. According to Chambers:

      “ret: To expose to moisture. To soak….”
      “mayhem: 1. Maiming. 2. Malicious damage (law and US). 3. Havoc, chaos”, surprisingly as I’d guess (3) is the better known definition.

  7. Cornick said

    Excellent as ever – it’s been a while, hasn’t it?
    As the Nina headed inexorably towards Pampinea filomena, I wondered what kind of exotic herb we might be dealing with – the Decameron is unfortunately a closed book to me as yet… perhaps I should get educated.
    Knew the city & the general though, and thoroughly enjoyed the COD which was also my last one in.

  8. StanXYZ said

    13a Nice to see that this clue had been updated from the original version – โ€œ… old prime minister …โ€

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