i Cryptic Crossword 2352 Commoner

August 22, 2018

Dac seems to have gone AWOL this week, so in his place an IoS reprint from Commoner. On the straightforward side as expected, the only clue to really cause issues was 4ac due to a long standing blind spot regarding the other character that can go in front of an H, and a little uncertainty about whether I’d actually got 6d right. Elsewhere 11ac went in on definition and enumeration alone, as did 21ac with a shrug, unsure really if there was more than a cryptic definition at work in the wordplay. All in all a fairly good substitute for our regular Wednesday fare, albeit one that won’t have held up seasoned solvers for too long.

COD? 25ac was the standout for me – “Book/musical’s principal characters swap places (4)”.

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2352 Commoner”

  1. batarde said

    Enjoyable while it lasted, despite those two long ‘uns both being a bit woolly. I rather liked 8ac.

  2. sprouthater said

    It was alright, a few went in with question marks, 6dn with its American Nurse and 11ac which I always thought was “Bluff” and it turns out usually is but this version is acceptable according to the OED. 22dn ground my Printers gears, a Ream is 500 sheets of paper but depending on size you can get various numbers of pages on a sheet 😠 other than my favourites were 19ac and 27ac.

  3. Cornick said

    Very similar experience here, Jon.
    Interesting to contrast the straight cryptic in 21a today with yesterday’s COD – the problem with Commoner’s surface reading here was that it required us to initially see a police officer and a lead to a crime, but I suspect that upon seeing copper and lead together we all thought of the two metals, so there wasn’t the misdirection that a straight cryptic requires, and which it go yesterday.

  4. Enjoyable. The unknowns today were the American nurse, and “a hard protective outer layer of the seeds of flowering plants; seed coat.” But at least it wasn’t Nikola the Scientist again (which is what I tried to make it, but couldn’t make sense of.)

  5. dtw42 said

    I was just relieved to finish one without resort to cheats, TBH. 8ac went in unparsed and 11 only partially parsed (I’ve always taken BUFF to be the standard form and BLUFF a sort of eggcorn). Glad the folks at 15² were as unsure as I was quite what 12dn was aiming for.

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