i Cryptic Crossword 2406 Commoner

October 24, 2018

Dac’s got a week off for good behaviour it appears. Commoner I believe usually sets IoS puzzles, and this very much felt in that vein. Straightforward throughout, only a little doubt about whether 5d actually exists (it does) and whether 13ac is really a thing (it is) held me up for any length of time. I say length of time, but some of the tougher concise crosswords have taken longer than today’s offering. Not that I’m complaining – I enjoyed this. Just surprised. Admittedly some of the parsing might have taken a little longer, but for much of this the definition, enumeration, and checking letters were sufficient.

COD? Not a great deal jumps out, to be honest, but 2d tells a nice story – “Withdraw from bear with fluffy hair (5,4)”.

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9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2406 Commoner”

  1. sprouthater said

    Yes it was enjoyable while it lasted but it didn’t last very long. Had to check 5dn and only other hold up was 15ac SC was new to me.

  2. batarde said

    I seem to recall remarking before that Commoner has a jolly good line in elementary puzzles suitable for beginners, and there’s nothing whatsoever wrong with that. In fact it’s an important job. So what’s going on with 5d then? An obvious substitution at 4ac and we could have had common words throughout, especially if cared to replace the Cuban drum with a male feline. I am perplexed … but never mind, all the rest was fine and 11ac was particularly nicely done.

  3. Topsy said

    I normally carp about difficult crosswords but this one was finished in record time and I was left twiddling my thumbs. As the answers fell into place I kept waiting for a stinger which never came! Knowing the 2 Ronnies sketch helped.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I agree that this was a stroll in the park and over all too quickly. Enjoyable, nonetheless. I had to check on TABARET and TIMBAL, but the word-play made the answers fairly obvious once a few checking letters were in. Namely, my cakes – SCONES made me smile.

  5. dtw42 said

    Another busy day meant I put the first three or four in before going to work, with a feeling of “well those feel like this might not be too hard, assuming the rest is similar” … and then come home after work and fill the rest in almost as quick. Yes, 5dn needed a quick dictionary check to confirm that the apparent answer was indeed a thing, but no other hold-ups. Hey, being not QUITE as good at this as some of you guys, I’m all for an easy one or two per week to keep my spirits up!

  6. Jimbo said

    Enjoyed this, a rare A+ mark for me, getting all correct and understanding all the wordplay, even if SC needed a lookup. Got stuck for a bit trying to fit TIMPAN in for the drum before the more obvious answer showed itself.

    Wouldn’t want it this easy every day but one such a week would be nice.

  7. Cornick said

    Well that was different – made even this sluggard feel like a speed solver. So that made it fun for its novelty value, but if they were like this every day I would soon loose interest.
    Agree with Batarde about those perplexing word choices in the NE corner.

  8. imsewell said

    Would have preferred ”eccles” for 15ac. Thought It was a Goon Show catchphrase- “my cakes!”

  9. All complete without the use of electronic aids. New word of the day: an upholstery fabric of alternate satin and watered silk stripes.

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