i Cryptic Crossword 2278 eXternal

May 28, 2018

Bank Holiday Monday, and today we’re off out to shop for the oldest’s prom outfit. Yes, he really is that old… I’m on blogging duties, but no problem because we’re expecting an IoS reprint and that’s usually on the easy side. So what do we have? Well, it’s eXternal, who’s always good value for money but sometimes a little tricky. As it turns out today’s is probably a little more difficult than par for a Monday, but by no means a monster, and finished in only a little over par for the i. A nice lightness of touch throughout, and always enjoyable, at the close I was pleased to have managed to squeeze in the time it took. All parsed and understood at the close, which isn’t always the case later in the week. 🙂

COD? There’s lots to enjoy, with my nomination going to 20ac because when I eventually spotted it, having tried to extract all kinds of wordplay from the clue, I simply couldn’t believe eXternal had managed to hide that long an answer in plain sight without me noticing for so long – “In half-light at ten, Dante receives help on lines (6,9)”.

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


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2278 eXternal”

  1. batarde said

    Indeed, for sheer audacity 20ac pretty much takes the chocolate Hobnob, doesn’t it? Thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle, although I wasn’t entirely confident about 3d which seemed a little sub par. Ample compensation elsewhere however, and I reckon on most days 22ac would have been worthy of the COD prize.

  2. sprouthater said

    Yes lots to like, 20ac was clever. LOI was 17ac, cookery programs are treated the same as football we can’t turn the TV off quickly enough.

  3. dtw42 said

    What Batarde said. 🙂

  4. Cornick said

    Really excellent.
    Actually it started just ‘all right’ but went on getting better and better. An irresistible choice for COD wasn’t it? – you don’t see those very often.

  5. Does HUFFS mean PETS???

    • jonofwales said

      From Chambers: “2. A slight or childish fit of aggrieved or resentful sulkiness. 3. The sulks, huff”.

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