i Cryptic Crossword 2410 Poins

October 29, 2018

An IoS reprint to start the week – and what a cold start it is. As PeeDee noted back in 2014 some of the constructions are a little complex which made for a relatively slow time here for a Monday puzzle, and I ended up with a couple of question marks dotted round the grid. OK, I probably could have resolved some or all of them on my own, but given an obvious answer and a lack of time I’ll opt for Fifteensquared to clear things up.

Difficulties? The city at 20ac was a little obscure, but the wordplay less so, so no problems there. At 25ac DOG for rascal wasn’t my first thought, and the phrase was new. The quite obscure slang used in 2d was the subject of the biggest question mark. Did anybody know it?

COD? I’m struggling a little, TBH, but I’ll go with 9d – “Batting record broken by Cheshire’s opener in this game (8,6)”.

To July 2014:


11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2410 Poins”

  1. Cornick said

    Cockney rhyming slang – ‘She’s got a nice pair of Bristols’ – from Bristol City (my team, as it happens). Although it might be ‘He’s got a nice pair’ nowadays, I suppose.

  2. sprouthater said

    I’m suffering from the worst cold anybody has ever had. Saturday’s i and yesterday’s Everyman remain unsolved, most things north of of my Bristol and West are affected (yes I did know it) but I didn’t particularly enjoy this puzzle with its cities and phrases I’ve never heard of and some of the clues were a bit too contrived 22dn especially, why the capital letter? Is it me or does “HOT” crop up a lot.

  3. batarde said

    Can’t say I spotted any redeeming features. Yes, the rhyming slang was familiar, and presumably the capital letter in 22dn is meant to suggest Dennis Amiss – a very handy batsman in his day but that’s going back a bit.

    No staples today: deep joy. 🙂

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I had no idea how UPSHOT worked, and it seems weak to me. HOT DOGS, was new to me although the wordplay left me in little doubt. Otherwise, I found this fairly straightforward – which surprised me, because on my first read-through it seemed a bit intimidating, and it took me a while to get ‘in’ to it. One started, though, it seemed simpler than I had feared.

  5. Topsy said

    Hello, people, haven’t yet cancelled my paper deliveries. I actually enjoyed this one (mostly). Maybe I will stick around until the next smart ass delivery!

    • batarde said

      That could easily be tomorrow, of course. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Tyrus or Anax on a Tuesday, say. I’ve been expecting to come badly unstuck on a blog day for a few weeks now. 😉

  6. dtw42 said

    I gave up with less than half of it filled in 😦

  7. AndyO said

    Bit of a grind I thought – biffed 4,7,17 and 22 so a bit surprised to find they were right with 15^2 parsing a trifle unconvincing…

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