i Cryptic Crossword 2392 Raich

October 8, 2018

Belated congratulations to Raich. For once I did spot the Nina, and before completing the puzzle as well, though it didn’t help to the south of the grid which was a little slower to fall than the rest. I say a little slower, this being pretty relative as this was a crossword that was over in a flash, and one I was surprised to find wasn’t an IoS reprint. No complaints, Raich’s puzzles are always lots of fun, and usually straightforward so it wasn’t a surprise to find that this one was too. There’s a little debate on the other side about both 16d and 26ac but both looked fine to me. Elsewhere all was understand, no controversies, just a good, solid, enjoyable start to the week.

COD? I’ll go with 12ac – “Emergency move up? (7)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2392 Raich”

  1. Cornick said

    Yes, I was surprised to see some of the solvers on the other side find problems with this one – I always imagine they’re much more experienced than us for some reason, and Raich’s 50th seemed about as straightforward as they come, even if the ‘by’ in 7a did seem awry.

  2. Wanderlust said

    I guess 7a was “impressed by” which was taken to mean “encompassed by” which is a bit of a stretch. Didn’t like “rest” for shelter either, but otherwise fine – plus I learned that screed could also mean a long-winded speech or document not having heard it used in that context before.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    The same very minor quibble about rest for shelter from me, and I have to confess I barely bothered to parse Stand-in, as it seemed so obvious. A nice straightforward solve today, all done in less than 30 minutes, which is half what it normally takes me. I even spotted the Nina.

  4. batarde said

    Oh well, I won’t mention that “shelter” then. Raich seems ideally suited to the Monday slot , and this one struck me as pitched just right and rather nicely polished too. With regard to “impressed” I took it as the “bashed over the bonce with a blackjack and brought aboard” definition, which made some sort of sense to me … but yes, it’s a stretch all right.

  5. sprouthater said

    Enjoyed this, a nice start to the week it was just 26ac that seemed a complete clunker.

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