i Cryptic Crossword 2276 Poins

May 25, 2018

I have not had a good week as far as crossword solving goes so I approached today’s puzzle with a degree of trepidation, however my concerns were somewhat alleviated by solving 1,4 and 9ac in short order even if I couldn’t quite parse the first two until I saw them written down and the word play became obvious, 1ac getting a metaphorical round of applause as I thought it was excellent. The rest of the puzzle didn’t take too long to crack even if it did generate more question marks than ticks. Who knew that Bam was a hoax or Prop was to stop suddenly, well not me, but the answers went in after a visit to Chambers. 10ac was another where the solution went in with a ?  Tom Mix eh I’m old but I don’t remember him, whilst I did know of John Pilger I didn’t know he was a 3dn. This was my LOI and only solved with the help of a wordfinder.  This was an IOS reprint which was considered a bit tough by those over on Fifteensquared when it was originally published. I thought it a bit chewy in places but quite an enjoyable way to end the working week.

COD? As I’ve already mentioned 1ac I will go for the nicely misleading 13ac: Buffet at college is put together hurriedly  (5,2)



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2276 Poins”

  1. jonofwales said

    A slow but steady solve here with no major holdups. Several obscurities in the definitions and wordplay you’ve already mentioned, but no showstoppers, though I think perhaps we could have done without them…

    I didn’t like “over” being used to represent O in the anagram fodder in 16d, and I wasn’t sure what the “in” in 19ac was doing beyond sorting out the surface reading. “from the man” in 23d I thought was more likely to lead to HIS, but the answer was clear as day. And poor John Pilger. 🙂

    Perhaps not my favourite puzzle of the week, but a pretty solid offering.

  2. Cornick said

    This has been an excellent week for crosswords in the i, and Poins is usually a compiler of excellent puzzles, but today’s puzzle was not a fine example of either, alas. Quite a few ‘meh’ clues, but a few good’uns too, invitably.

  3. batarde said

    So turgid that I felt like tossing it aside unfinished … but saw it through out of an inexplicable sense of duty. Poins is nowhere near getting a place on my list of preferred solvers, but all the same he can do a lot better than this.

  4. dtw42 said

    Just finished. Quite tough in places; I too was unfamiliar with those uses of “prop” and “bam”.

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