i Cryptic Crossword 2380 Kairos

September 24, 2018

It’s Monday, and not Quixote, so an IoS reprint? It’s Kairos so possibly, but… No, it’s actually a Monday reprint, and a particularly difficult one at that. I can’t remember the last time I gave up on an i cryptic, but give up I did today having lost the will to live about halfway through. My old bugbear – the Nina that “necessitates” difficulty in the grid, which was about as unfriendly as they get – and obscurities throughout exemplified by SC for self-contained in 7d – got the better of me, and I turned to the Fifteensquared blog for elucidation. Am I just being particular grumpy because it’s a Monday? Have my solving skills temporarily deserted me? Or was this really just a particularly impenetrable and badly judged offering? For me at least, I can only say that this really wasn’t for me. But over to you…

COD? Slim pickings here as you might have guessed from the above, but I’ll go with 15d – “One may contribute coyly to a four-letter word (8)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2380 Kairos”

  1. batarde said

    Hell’s teeth, that was an absolute abomination. I gave up too – which is unheard of – because frankly there are a thousand and one better uses for my time. Most emphatically not a happy customer today.

  2. Mark said

    Stinker. Had to resort to “words that fit” in a desperate attempt to finish before I lost the will to live – and still came up a couple short. I can handle spurious but this was pushing the envelope. TBF I didn’t do myself any favours by initially entering 27a in 26a in the first pass. Hey ho – bring on the next one.

  3. Jimbo said

    Ever the contrarian it seems, I quite enjoyed this. I needed solving aids, the NINA and the 15^2 blog to complete so gave myself a lowish mark. A bit too tough for a Monday, I agree.

  4. dtw42 said

    I got about 2/3 of this done without too much trouble. The last third included quite a bit of “must be X, but can’t see why” and looking in Bradfords. Then a wordfinder for the last two (19dn and 24dn, whose identity as an “old comic” was, well let’s say too old for me). Didn’t spot the nina – might’ve helped if I had.

  5. Cornick said

    I didn’t get round to this until late evening, but I did sneak a look at the comments above first (naughty, I know) which a) told me there was a Nina and b) spurred me on to finish without recourse to electronic help, just to buck the trend.
    Sort of enjoyed it but completely agree about the ‘necessitated’ obscurities view expressed above. If you really want a Nina, and why not, then keep playing with the grid fill until all the words are common ones – simple!

  6. Michael said

    Impossible. First time in ages I have just given up.

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