i Cryptic Crossword 2359 Alchemi

August 30, 2018

There’s always a danger on a Thursday of finding oneself staring at an empty grid wondering what on earth is going on, but happily for your substitute blogger ’twas not to be this time. In fact, this puzzle could be swapped with Quixote’s last restoring the natural order of things, namely that Monday is supposed to be the easy one. Alchemi’s crossword is lively and good fun, but won’t cause a great deal of head scratching if my experience is anything to go by.

Marginalia: a “hah!” (28ac), a “hmm” (8d) and a “who?” (15d) – the only Ms Reid who came readily to mind being Beryl. The correct one is in my opinion desperately obscure (with apologies), but there’s a reason since the original clue referred to the late Ms Palmer-Tomkinson, and presumably was amended on grounds of good taste. Okay … but the revised version isn’t particular fair to those of us who would generally prefer a nice Ingmar Bergman to a “teen sex comedy”. Harrumph. I also have a couple of ticks, for the rather off-colour 11ac and 25ac. In the interests of not lowering the tone in Jon’s absence I’ll go for the latter as COD:

“Draws on English parliamentarian’s evidence of drinking bouts? (7)”

For all the answers and some good natured discussion, here’s the June 2014 Fifteensquared blog entry. Turns out that this was indeed originally published on a Monday.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2359 Alchemi”

  1. Jimbo said

    Good, quick fun this one. Set off at a record pace, solving the top half on the bus into work. Picked up again at lunch and got held up in the SW corner until the grumpy synonym came to mind.

    LOI was 13, which I parsed once I realised cep is a mushroom. Lots of ticks but 11 and 6 my favourites, the latter my CotD for smooth surface.

  2. sprouthater said

    Breezed through most of this, just 10ac where I needed all the crossers and 27ac where I just couldn’t get “Headed” out of my head and not helped by the fact that Ms Reid was a complete unknown, only tut was for 26dn and clueing Pilau rice as hot.

  3. Cornick said

    Agreement with everything said so far.
    My top two were as per our locum blogger, although I gave the nod to 11a – which probably says more about me than it does about the clues.

  4. Two in a row around the half hour mark, without use of electronic aids. All this after Tuesday’s total wipe-out. And, no, I’d never heard of Ms Reid either. Then again, I’ve never seen any of her films.

  5. jonofwales said

    Thanks for covering, much appreciated. Most definitely on the easy side, for which I was thankful after an early start and long day.

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