i Cryptic Crossword 2300 Anax

June 22, 2018

A very tough Thursday reprint that I didn’t finish unaided, and in a couple of instances checked my answers on Fifteensquared before entering because I couldn’t really see how they worked. 1ac being one of those –  I had the Bud+Ape, but the st? Turns out Anax made “Apest” up… While this was the only instance of made up words, there were plenty of other oddities both in the clues and the solutions, with 10ac and 15dn being particularly obscure but perfectly fair. If only I’d had a few more hours to ponder them… I didn’t know the alternative name for a chaffinch and the Spoonerism certainly didn’t help. Fortunately Anax has included a few less convoluted clues and half a dozen long anagrams to give us something to work with. I’m of the opinion that this would have been better scheduled in the Saturday paper when we could have given it more time.

COD? 19dn –  “Mole’s genitals say (6)”

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2300 Anax”

  1. Topsy said

    Thanks for the blog but no thanks to Anax! Quite frankly I found it irritating and too clever by half. Not fun at all.

  2. batarde said

    Must admit to a wry smile upon seeing Anax’s name, as Sprouthater cops for the week’s toughie once again. I enjoyed it immensely, but as usual it was necessary to give my head a wobble before tuning into his wavelength. That “apest” is naughty, although I did tumble to what Anax was up to, but otherwise it was a very nicely constructed crossword where everything works out elegantly if only one stares at it for long enough. Last one in was 21ac, because I didn’t consider the possibility that it would be that straightforward. Best puzzle of the week for my money.

  3. jonofwales said

    That certainly was tough! I made the mistake of thinking I’d breeze through this, pottering about a bit with it while I was waiting in the car, but… Well, this required a little more persistence. Tough but fair, though I think this would have been a better weekend puzzle. Now I’m going to lie down in a darkened room. 😉

  4. Wanderlust said

    Some very spurious/dodgy lights in that. Surely the English language has sufficient variety to produce clues that are challenging without the need for this. Can’t decide if it’s brilliant or merely lazy.

  5. The penny finally dropped on 26a. Bunker = someone doing a bunk! Oh dear.

  6. Cornick said

    I would call it, Wanderlust, a mixture of brilliant and lazy.
    Budapest, Memsahib, Dunroamin and a few others were brilliant, but I thought all those long anagrams were lazy.
    When I dabble with setting, anagrams are a last resort for difficult-to-clue words (unless they’re real beauties) and I’m a little disappointed when all the long entries are clued that same way.

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