i Cryptic Crossword 2268 Crosophile

May 16, 2018

Back in the day Crosophile used to replace Dac on the last Wednesday of the month, and here he is on a Wednesday again, perhaps necessitated by 27ac? For the most part this was a pretty gentle walk in the park, but I struggled badly at the close on 5d/13ac/14d and 18ac. Regarding 14d I have similar reservations to Andy B in the comments over on the other side – a pretty tricky cryptic definition giving us ABLUTIONS, with an answer then that was less than well known. 13ac I should have spotted sooner – I could see the KO bit, and knew the term in question, but well, there you go. 18ac was vaguely familiar, but it took a trip to Chambers to work out what the definition was getting at.

There’s a theme, and a hidden word across the centre of the grid that I wish I’d spotted as it would have helped massively with the four I struggled on.

Much to appreciate as well, to be fair – 4ac, 15ac and 17d leading the field, with my COD going to the latter – “H is for e.g. Hook? (8)”.

To January 2014 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:



7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2268 Crosophile”

  1. batarde said

    Romped through the top half, but got pretty thoroughly hacked off in the end. Wholeheartedly agree with duncanshiell’s opinion that there was some imprecise workmanship in this puzzle, and as for 14d that’s a fine example of how to wind solvers up. Crosophile is by far the most uneven compiler I can think of, and sure enough there’s some good stuff in there too. ‘Nuff said.

    That’s three themed puzzles in as many days, by the way – what’s going on?

  2. sprouthater said

    A few clues that were a bit loose and far too many homophones for me but quite a few ticks as well. 14dn certainly was a ‘ train wreck’

  3. Jimbo said

    Find this tough going, with some pretty obtuse words and cluing IMO. Definitely wasn’t keen on 1d clue referencing answer to 1a. Did enjoy some clues, 4a my CotD.

  4. dtw42 said

    Another one here who found this a curate’s egg. I was relatively fine with 5dn, but slowed down a lot towards the end with 29, 20 and 23, and then struggled at the last with 14dn, 3dn, 1dn and 13ac (which was last in). Not being familiar with the phrase to “put the lid on” something didn’t help, or 3dn would have been a lot easier.

  5. Cornick said

    DNF here. My problems were 1d and 13a, bannock cake and koan meditation both being outside my experience – doubtless my loss entirely. And I thought 14d was a neat idea spoiled by making the definition for ablutions too cryptic.
    Shame really, because most of this was excellent. 4a, 27a and 17d all among the several crackers.

  6. Sped through this with great pleasure until I got stuck on the crossing pair of 13a and 14d. New words of the day: flowering plants of the mallow family, and a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism.

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