i Cryptic Crossword 2285 Anax

June 5, 2018

Glanced out of the window yesterday and there was a woodpecker staring back at me. Not unheard of, but unusual enough to be noteworthy … much the same with Anax’s occasional appearances in the i. Plenty of tricky convolutions to unravel today as one would expect (and as befits a reprint of a prize puzzle), which is either a pleasurable challenge or a teeth-grinding chore according to taste. I generally enjoy the process, and certainly did this time – as did the majority of those commenting on Twenceslas’ February 2014 write-up at Fifteensquared.

The theme is all-pervasive without being obtrusive, which is quite impressive: every single clue and most entries allude to it one way or another. I think Anax has made an early bid for the most abstruse clue of the week award with 10ac; 18d and 25ac appear to be backups – those won’t please everyone, but it’s all fair if not necessarily terribly sportsmanlike. Whilst there’s a very healthy scattering of marginal ticks, absolutely nothing stands out as a distinct Clue of the Day, so please nominate your own. I’m going to stick with my ornithological conceit and choose 24ac:

“For one bagging a duck, entertained by well cooked bird (5,3)”


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2285 Anax”

  1. jonofwales said

    I found this to be quite accessible for both a Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint and an Anax. That said I solved in dribs and drabs which no doubt suited this sort of offering. Caused myself problems with a hasty PUDDINGS at 4ac, and couldn’t parse 10ac which was quite a tricky little clue. A good one. 🙂

  2. dtw42 said

    Got a bit stuck and had to resort to wordfinders for the last few, mostly in the SW corner. Theme? Oh well…

  3. sprouthater said

    A bit more accessible than Anax can be although quite a few not fully parsed. I assume 1dn Paddy = Soft is an attempt at humour.

  4. Cornick said

    I’m normally a massive fan of Anax, but not so much here. Worst offender for me was 6d – surely ‘Turkey stuffing unusual fare’ means put Turkey inside an anagram of fare? I certainly didn’t have time to consider the possibility of it being the other way round, and the crossers were all hard too – brrr!

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