i Cryptic Crossword 2333 Poins

July 31, 2018

“Oh dear”, I thought, glancing at 1ac. “Hope it gets better”. And it did. Poins isn’t really your go-to guy for wild flights of fancy, but he does provide plenty of variety in his clues and it’s good to see what he can do with a themed puzzle – his first since I’ve been doing Tuesdays.

Our theme today is perhaps a bit nebulous, but there’s a scattering of 6s and a couple of characters from the 26, so it helps if you had the relevant information drummed into you at an early age so you don’t have to look it up in a good book. All the same, the penny took a long time to drop with 23. Lots of decent stuff to enjoy, including a perfectly acceptable Spoonerism – which I think we can all agree is a rare beast. Nothing jumps out in particular, although I did enjoy the tortuousness of 5 and the sneakiness of 19. 11ac is elegantly done with a classy surface, and is my COD:

“A carrier employing Poles and Danes flying tea to Iran (5,5)”

This is an IoS reprint from April 2014, which explains the disappointing number of comments on PeeDee’s Fifteensquared write-up.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2333 Poins”

  1. jonofwales said

    For an IoS reprint that was surprisingly difficult. I’m not fond of this 6 of the 26 kind of thing anyway, and it took me an age to solve both 6 and 26, so my mood didn’t improve much throughout. 🙂 Oh well, when I did spot what was going on progress was a little more rapid and enjoyable, but until then…

  2. sprouthater said

    I read 1ac and thought “nice” it’s always good to start with something easy, that opinion didn’t last long though and it all became a bit of a struggle. 6dn and 26ac were solved quite early and helped a bit but not with 7d which only went after resorting to some outside assistance similarly 5dn although I got this wrong resulting in a DNF as 14ac remained unsolved Minion as a synonym for Favourite was completely new for me.

  3. Cornick said

    Got there eventually, but rather too hard for this solver for it to have been an enjoyable experience, alas. Probably my fault rather than the setter’s though.

  4. DB said

    Much too hard for me. I got 1A and 1D, then both the theme clues, but then not much more. I regard most bible-based claptrap with contempt, so I lost all enthusiasm when I discovered the theme unfortunately.

    • batarde said

      Can’t pretend that it’s a favourite subject of mine either, but useful information for the crossword solver like remembering the Muses or the Furies, say. Or, come to that a selection of footballers, composers and pre-war slang. None of these nuggets have ever come in handy for any other purpose, but one lives in hope.

    • Cornick said

      I find myself more tolerant of a Bible theme cropping up once in a (longish) while than I do of some setters putting three or four church related clues in pretty much every single puzzle!

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