i Cryptic Crossword 2435 Alchemi

November 27, 2018

Last time I blogged an Alchemi we had a visit from the setter, so Michael, if you’re passing – well done. I have a palm print on my forehead, no doubt as intended. Yes, 3d was my last one in, finally explaining what the theme was about.

This puzzle was pretty much as expected: not too difficult with a gratifying variety of clue types and a generally jaunty feel. (Not to say racy, in the case of 10/29). Everything works like clockwork, although solvers who spotted the connection between the thematic items early may well have skipped the parsing of the longer entries. The consensus at Fifteensquared in September 2014 was that this was a particularly enjoyable crossword, and I certainly concur.

Now then, clue of the day time. Plenty to choose from but two stand out, and it’s a coin toss. Nope, not 10/29 – step forward 14ac:

“Ha! Without current the race is off (8)”

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2435 Alchemi”

  1. Alchemi said

    I might as well drop in again. Thanks for the kind comments: I’ll echo your choice for COD because it was the one which gave me a head-scratch while I did the puzzle on the bus. (Four years on, I don’t remember every clue.)

    What I was quite proud of with this was that I managed to clue some long film names without just chucking a 20-letter anagram at the solver *and* without writing novels.

  2. Topsy said

    A most enjoyable crossword! 7a, 16a and 19d were my first three in which helped the films slot into place. 10d flummoxed me slightly because there was no “the” and 3d was my LOI. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Alchemi!

  3. jonofwales said

    I surprised myself by knowing all the films and the actor in common between them too, despite not having watched any. An enjoyable puzzle, about average difficulty I thought. 24d raised a smile.

  4. Cornick said

    Perfectly solvable without being a film buff, I only knew 11a and 23/13a were 3d films, but still solved it all without too much trouble… Just the right amount of trouble, really.
    All very enjoyable then. I think with a clue like 10/29, the setter better make sure it’s a good’un, or else it seems gratuitous. And this was, so it wasn’t.

  5. sprouthater said

    Yup knew the film’s and the actor which meant most of the themed answers went in without the need to parse them. My LOI was the COD this caused a lot of bother because the ! appeared to me to be l and I couldn’t figure out what Hal had to do with it.🤓

  6. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Most enjoyable. As batarde surmised, in getting the theme quite early, parsing some of the clues was a mere afterthought, the only issue for me was not knowing ESKY = cooler.

    Totally agree about Ha! Had me stumped for a while.

  7. dtw42 said

    As per all the above comments 🙂
    Yes, ESKY was a new word on me too.
    Thankfully I think I got the gateway 3dn after putting two of the film titles in.

  8. Harry said

    Very enjoyable, always like puzzles with a film theme. Shame it wasn’t possible to include the “The” part of “Thirty-Nine Steps”, but such is the challenge of grid construction no doubt!
    p.s. on film clues in general, have stored a number that I’ve liked over the years, and the following is probably my favourite:
    Film involving wild thief – stars Cagney (6,4,5,5)

  9. AndyO said

    Yep – 3d also my own LOI – thought the theme was just 50s & 60s oldie films then finally twigged it!!

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