i Cryptic Crossword 2390 Crosophile

October 5, 2018

A reprint from the IOS today, enjoyable enough, nothing very contentious or indeed too challenging. My overall impression is that there are a lot of anagrams or part anagrams, twelve I think. Nothing really obscure either, although 13ac, 15dn and 20ac aren’t words that you might use daily. They are all adequately clued providing in 13ac’s case that you are familiar with a certain Swedish shop.  There seem to be a lot of clues and the grid looks pretty full, probably due to the Nina, No, I didn’t spot it either, but the clever people over on Fifteensquared did so I will leave it to them to explain.

COD 20ac  Crops area shortly beginning to grow – I hope so anyway  (9)


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2390 Crosophile”

  1. batarde said

    I still don’t quite know what to make of Crosophile because he seems to compile puzzles in a whole variety of styles, but this one suited me very nicely in a low key, easygoing sort of way. Impressively accessible given the Nina. At first glance it looked like this was going to be a game of two halves given the grid, but somehow it didn’t work out that way at all. A highly satisfactory end to an up and down sort of crossword week.

  2. jonofwales said

    Yes, I enjoyed that, though the change of pace came as a bit of a jolt after yesterday’s offering. Didn’t spot the Nina, needless to say, and didn’t know how to spell 20ac. 🙂

  3. Wanderlust said

    Thoroughly enjoyed that one. Hadn’t realised that the relationship between fifteen squared and the Independent extended to advertising the blog via a nina within their crossword. Is fifteen squared run by the compilers? Or by the Independent?

    • jonofwales said

      Neither, it’s completely independent. 🙂 The Nina is probably just the compiler showing his appreciation. Fifteensquared also gets a mention under each Saturday’s Inquisitor, so I suppose it has taken on sort of a quasi-official status.

      • Cornick said

        Gaufrid runs Fifteensquared, I believe, and Eimi (editor at the Independent as some of us know) sends at least some of the Indy puzzles to Gaufrid to be test-solved before publication. I guess it’s a small world!

  4. Cornick said

    Crosophile does Ninas quite often, and the blank grid sort of suggested one was likely. So once i had the ‘first’ corner done in the NW, it was worth a check; ‘FIP??’ made no sense in column one, so I checked the diagonal and thereafter things were helped greatly – so much so that it almost felt like cheating!
    Good puzzle, impressive grid fill indeed.

  5. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Everything very fairly clued, I thought, so although I had never heard of a melodeon the wordplay made it obvious what to check up on. Messiah eluded me for a little while, and Oesohagi for a very long time, as that meaning of crops never occurred to me until the oenny finally dropped.

  6. Now that’s more like it!

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