i Cryptic Crossword 2306 eXternal

June 29, 2018

An IOS reprint – they’re usually pretty straightforward, aren’t they? Well, not if set by eXternal who sprinkles his puzzle with some little known words and uses wordplay that is the direct opposite to 13ac.  1ac set the tone – I had all the components for the answer – a cur is a wretched dog and act is to do, but I couldn’t find the Poet. That one got a tick when realisation dawned, though I can’t say the same for 1dn. Easy enough to solve if you know the answer because of the Australian part, but the northern town part was too obscure I thought. And so it went on with entries made with only partial understanding. 12ac was only solved when I entered “iron” backwards because I already had the “n” from 5dn, and dictionary checks were needed for the weird part of 15ac and 22dn. Eventually it was all complete but not all correct as my LOI was 26ac and in my haste I filled in the obvious hammer. Oh well… By and large a good challenge with quite a few ticks, 16dn among them but I hate myself for knowing immediately what TV duo referred to☺

COD? 10ac – “Extinct at last my nemesis woolly mammoth (7)”

All the correct solutions and parsing can be found here: Fifteensquared

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2306 eXternal”

  1. batarde said

    Hmm. Very much the same feelings as yesterday: lots of clever material, but eXternal needs to ditch the Inquisitor mentality if he’s to earn many friends amongst the weekday solving community. 22d being an exceedingly annoying case in point. I take grave exception to having to dredge up wretched little obscurities like that from the dictionary in order to complete the crossword when there’s a perfectly good word in common parlance which will fit, for crying out loud. That sort of thing just makes a setter look like a cocksure undergraduate, frankly. Harrumph.

  2. jonofwales said

    I thought that was excellent, a suitably Fridayish sort of puzzle. A few obscurities sprinkled round the grid, notably 22d, 25ac and 26ac, but all were gettable from the wordplay. 1d I didn’t know and had to look up, but well, geography. In defense of eXternal, this was originally an IoS puzzle where solvers might be expected to have access to reference material, and on a Friday we might expect something a bit tougher.

    Lots of ticks today, with a few extra by 16d.

    Puzzle of the week in these parts. 🙂

  3. Too many unknown words today to make this an enjoyable solve. New words include: a hammer-shaped small bone or ossicle of the middle ear; genus (the type of the family Elapidae) of venomous snakes; and (in Spain and Spanish-speaking areas) a public walkway or promenade, shaded with trees…

  4. dtw42 said

    I’m in tune with the general feel of these comments – a bit chewy, and I had to refer to some solving aids for the last few. Two or three I didn’t really understand the parsing of even then.

  5. Cornick said

    I just found it too hard for me.

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