i Cryptic Crossword 2292 Nitsy

June 13, 2018

Wot no Dac? Instead we have our second IoS reprint of the week, and another fairly straightforward puzzle. I had to give some careful thought about how to spell 24ac, and raised the proverbial eyebrow on solving 1d, but there’s little to discuss elsewhere, this being a good, enjoyable, pretty solid offering. Lots went in on definition alone, lots just on seeing checking letters. A good one I’d suggest for beginners or anyone wanting to find out what this cryptic lark’s all about.

COD? Not a great deal leapt out as is common for IoS reprints, but I’ll go with 9d – “Outlaw grabbing weapon – he might be responsible for you getting shot (6)”.

To February 2014:



8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2292 Nitsy”

  1. batarde said

    Straight through in order, so definitely at the gentle end of the range. No obvious standouts as you say, but I did think that 17ac was an exemplary clue.

  2. Cornick said

    89 letters worth of anagramming – split between 8½ clues. That just might be a record in our beloved paper, I reckon.

    • batarde said

      That certainly contributed to my read-and-write experience.

      Anyway, just dropped in again to extend my compliments on yesterday’s Maize, which was a cracker as expected. Like most of the Fifteensquared contingent I failed to parse the Landseer one, but otherwise the difficulty level seemed roughly the same as in your previous puzzles. Hoping to see it one Tuesday about four years hence. 🙂

      • Cornick said

        Yes, that started out as ‘Ultimate in bit and boring tool for carpenter (1-6)’ but got replaced when the previous clue also had the word ‘ultimate’ in – maybe a mistake!

  3. Worked from the bottom up. Last ones in 2d and 7d. Couldn’t really convince myself that sold = pushed.

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