i Cryptic Crossword 2305 Hob

June 28, 2018

So, our second Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint of the week, though one that was a lot more accessible than Tuesday’s offering. In fact, was I the only person to wonder if this might be an IoS reprint? Ok, we have the slightly odd answer at 18ac that I did manage to get right, despite reservations. Did it prompt me to wonder if there might be a theme? Or that other non-word at 6d? Well, no it didn’t. Apparently there are various references to the film of 19d which to be fair I haven’t seen, it never really having appealed to me. Don’t know why, I tend to like all things sci-fi. That I could finish without knowing anything about the film meant this was the kind of themed puzzle I like – the theme being an added extra rather than a necessary pre-condition to solving. Anything to grumble about? Only 24d I guess, which elicited a substantial groan. I did have a question mark by the definition of 11ac, but it turns out it was my ignorance of things ornithological that was at fault.

Inventive, interesting clues throughout, this was always going to be a leading contender for the Saturday slot. COD? I’ll go with 21ac, which is very nicely done – “In love, male takes unnamed female out (4)”.

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

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/03/01/independent-8536-sat-22-feb-2014-hob/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2305 Hob”

  1. batarde said

    Having read the analysis on t’other side, that explains 6/12 I suppose. Doesn’t excuse it, however. Nope – not as taken with this one as with previous Hob puzzles, although that’s partly because the theme relates to something I’ve assiduously avoided. Quite a lot of trying too hard going on, if you ask me. Definitely a curate’s egg with some very tasty bits, but the less said about 24d the better.

  2. dtw42 said

    Funnily enough, 18ac was the first one I put in. Didn’t spot the theme, despite wrinkling my nose at 6/12.
    Failed at the end with 21 and 24, came here to see them. Not much impressed now I see what they were. A shame, since much of the rest of it was great. So yeah – a curate’s egg indeed.

  3. Cornick said

    Exactly as on Tuesday, i loved all the puzzle apart from the COD!
    Though that 24d was cheeky, but I liked it.
    Nice one Hob. Theme – including the Na’vi – was very neatly done.

  4. sprouthater said

    A few bits that I didn’t like, the McCartney part of 1ac and the golf in 27ac among them, struggled with 21ac and 24dn the latter I got wrong. My favourite was 26ac. As usual missed the theme not that I saw or know anything about the film. 18ac is a fairly common word to followers of motorsport.

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