i Cryptic Crossword 2354 Hypnos

August 24, 2018

Sprouthater’s unable to blog today, so you’ll have to put up with another post from me. Well, you did get a fortnight off…

We end the working week with another IoS reprint, this time from Hypnos, though one that was perhaps a little chewy in places. Did you know the Indian city, or the agreement referenced in 8d? No, me neither. In the NE corner in particular this caused no end of difficulty as I didn’t know either the bank or the quiz show referenced in 6d, couldn’t conjure up the name of the composer, and was unable to justify 8d from the wordplay, so stared at that bit of the grid for a very long time before it eventually fell. I was also of the opinion that O for appeal was a little odd, and one I’m not sure I really understand, even if the answer is blatantly obvious. Elsewhere progress was fairly quick, if erratic, interrupted by two delivery drivers, and two uncalled for crises. This may not have helped my state of mind. Despite this I did enjoy the puzzle, but could perhaps have done without the obscurities.

COD? Not a great deal leaps out, TBH, but I’ll go with 14d – “Perhaps Venetian fruit is found in social engagement (5,4)”.

To March 2014:


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2354 Hypnos”

  1. batarde said

    Very much the same here, although I seemed to breeze through it remarkably quickly despite the various oddities. Enjoyable all told. Given another hour or so there’s a fair chance I’d have exhumed the agreement in 8d from the memory banks – it was a political 28ac at one time wasn’t it? – but that one went in unparsed.

  2. Cornick said

    Another here for whom 8d was bunged in from definition and crossers, but elsewhere I thought the puzzle screamed IOS reprint – at least for anyone familiar with such variations in the i.

  3. sprouthater said

    Thanks for covering for me Jon. I didnt know Safari was as browser and couldn’t parse 8dn. Oh and O for appeal? Nevertheless I quite enjoyed it.

    • batarde said

      ” O let me be awake, my God!
      Or let me sleep alway”.

      Coleridge. Not, it has to be said, my first choice of illustrative quotation – I was rather hoping to find the “O wise and sagacious cat, tell me who is the glorious leader of the People’s Republic of China ” Fat Freddy cartoon, but drew a blank. 😉

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