i Cryptic Crossword 2479 Anax

January 18, 2019

A Saturday Prize Puzzle from Anax and it beat me. Perhaps if I had had all week to solve it things might have been different but I haven’t so after a sparse start, mainly the two anagrams and a few others that were less torturous than the likes of 1 and 2dn, it became a case of hurl it in and hope, which in most cases was a successful if unsatisfying method. Google was needed to sort out 10ac. It was to me an obvious anagram but of what? All that sprang to mind for Delightful was Nice. So with long forgotten tree huggers and birds I’d not heard of I staggered on failing miserably to understand the subtleties of the wordplay. But as usual we have the blog at Fifteensquared to enlighten us, although I still don’t understand some – especially 17ac.

Perhaps unsurprisingly I haven’t got very many to choose from for COD. While the previously mentioned anagrams at 7 and 13dn get ticks, it is 15 dn that when eventual solved gave me that forehead slapping moment.

See it both ways through opening. (7,4)

11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2479 Anax”

  1. batarde said

    Loved it, unsurprisingly, but I did spare a thought for Sprouters who has been caught by the Curse of Friday once again. That certainly required some unpicking, but my only slight complaint is about that buzzard: actually that solution delighted me once the light dawned and Chambers had confirmed the unlikely existence of the bird in question, but it’s definitely going to annoy some people. Everything else was susceptible to the usual scratching of head, rubbing of chin and furrowing of brow process … eventually. Agreed on the COD; 1d and 17 also went down particularly well.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Very challenging, and in the end I needed so much help that it was not very satisfying for me. A reasonably steady start, mainly on the RHS, but then a real struggle. Not helped by wrongly guessing GET INTO DEBT;one of a few clues where I could not parse the wordplay, and was just relieved to have found something that fitted and sort of vaguely answered the clue.

  3. Cornick said

    Very much agreed on COD, and similarly perplexed by the buzzard – though it had to be, as JonofWales would say.
    Overall a thoroughly entertaining offering which was much more accessible than one might have expected from the setter who came top of the difficulty league table in 2018.

  4. jonofwales said

    Based on my performance today Anax will be top of the table again. 🙂 I finished, with lots of question marks, but felt more relieved than anything at the close.

  5. Jon Sears said

    17ac – run into debt – R in Bill ??

    • sprouthater said

      Yes that’s what’s implied, I checked Debt in my thesaurus and it does give Bill, but the brevity of the wordplay made it hard to solve without all the crossing letters.

    • Michaelatcobblerscottage said

      Ah! Thank you! ☺

  6. dtw42 said

    I gave up with about 4 or 5 left.

  7. AndyO said

    Sorry for lateness of this – did finish yesterday! Tricky to be sure but plenty of stretchers and completed with a couple of fairly confident biffs – OED required for 3d (but have come across it before) and the trusty Philips School Atlas for 10a. V strange that Amax didn’t know the full origin of 9d – but did fess up to it!!

  8. Jess said

    17a – r (for run) into bill (debt)?

    • sprouthater said

      Yup as I said above, and much to my surprise, Bill is given as a synonym for Debt in the thesaurus.

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