i Cryptic Crossword 2297 Radian

June 19, 2018

Another one from Radian’s seemingly inexhaustible stockpile of Tuesday-worthy puzzles … but before we get started may I put on record my utter loathing for that vile travesty of a word at 1ac? Thank you. Anybody using it in a non-academic context deserves a custard pie from the Plain English Campaign if you ask me, unless they’re compiling a crossword. Harrumph.

Today’s theme is overt, although some of the examples probably won’t be at the top of anybody’s list of likely candidates. Solving was fairly easy going to start with, but slowed right down in the SE corner – an experience echoed by RatkojaRiku in his March 2014 Fifteensquared blog post. 19 and 27ac both held out for longer than they ought, and earned appreciative ticks when the light dawned. No complaints and plenty to applaud, in particular 5, 7, 8 and 17. Which brings me on to the COD, which is not just neat, it’s also an elephant trap for the unwary and I hope I wasn’t the only one who fell in. Imagine my consternation upon reading 20d … you’d think I’d be wary by now. Take a bow, 24ac:

“Eastern city took off with inflow of local currency (5)”

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2297 Radian”

  1. jonofwales said

    I’m afraid I inadvertently sidestepped any trap at 24ac by… guessing it correctly. 🙂 Lots of fun to be had today, though it took me ages to spot the theme. Not that it was really needed, because this was pretty easy for an offering by Radian – they usually take me twice as long as this. 1d raised a smile, twice because my first stab at DUMPS for the final word turned out not to fit the crossing answers, and is just as applicable I think.

  2. sprouthater said

    Having already solved 25dn the trap at 24ac passed me by and I’ve spent the last twenty minutes trying to work out what the trap was😀. Pretty straightforward to solve but couldn’t see what the “without children” in 27ac meant and 17ac was annoying the only Romney I know is a marsh.

  3. dtw42 said

    Looks like I was the only one to make tough work of this then, after a promising start putting 1ac and 1dn in straight away. Ended up using both Bradfords and electronic assistance to get over the line. However, the trap at 24ac was also sidestepped here by having put 20dn in beforehand.

  4. Cornick said

    My only significant problem came with 14a – there being 5 world capitals that go ?A?A?? (6 if you include Panama City) and my only previous encounters with the language sought being when it’s been spelt Navajo, with a J.
    That sticking point aside, all pretty enjoyable and fair.

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