i Cryptic Crossword 2487 Commoner

January 28, 2019

An enjoyable IoS reprint from Commoner to start the week, sound throughout, which is more than can be said for yesterday’s Everyman. But there’s plenty of talk about that elsewhere… Today’s puzzle was pretty straightforward, enjoyable, and totally gettable with a little trust in the wordplay. What, 25ac was new to you as well? Well, that’s what the cryptic says, so go with it. First in was 1ac which is always encouraging, followed by most of the crossing answers. Last in 23ac which I struggled, rather embarrassingly, to parse. I suspect I was looking for something a little more complicated. Overall time well under par for the i, though perhaps not as fleeting as a Quixote Monday would have been.

COD? Yep, it’s 25ac again – “Belch leads to ravening, unpleasant creature appearing in Alien (5)”.

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13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2487 Commoner”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Straightforward and satisfying. Quite a fast solve for me, but it was none the worse for that. Quite agree with jonofwales about KNIGHT which was also my last one in, not seeing how straightforward it was until the scales finally fell from my eyes. I had vaguely heard of ERUCT, but it was eminently guessable from the clue once a couple of crossers were in. Good fun.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I meant to say I was a little puzzled about how to parse EMETIC, while being confident it was right. Pierre on Fifteensquared, however, makes it seem all so reasonable…

  3. batarde said

    A bit quirky, and good fun. I parsed 11ac in the same way as Pierre, but didn’t think it quite worked. 1ac was my last one in, despite being positive what it was from early on but not having tumbled as to why. COD for me, that one.

  4. sprouthater said

    All went in quite briskly until the last few, needed a dictionary to check 25ac, LOI 23ac cryptically sound but Knight for Soldier seems a bit of stretch. I really don’t like having to drag the names of actors to solve clues.
    Where is all this talk about yesterdays Everyman to be found?
    It was very easy but at least he avoided actors.

  5. Cornick said

    Good crossword, no complaints.

  6. Jimbo said

    Adding to the general contentment here, an enjoyable solve that revealed itself by degrees. Maybe the definition in 3 is a little weak/vague and 27 a bit of a soft clue? Minor quibbles though. LOI was the flyer at 15, which I had thought, obviously incorrectly, was one word and not two. I shall be making use of 25, a fun word and a fun clue.

  7. I agree, A totally enjoyable solve. My last one in (with a question mark beside it) was 8d, Although the answer was obvious it was new to me. Pretty = Cleverly?

  8. dtw42 said

    All fine here. I was, thankfully, familiar with ERUCT.

    THINGUMMY generated a “pah!” since I’ve long liked and wanted to use a clue of my own for the same word: “Low viscosity? High viscosity? Not sure what it is!”

    • Cornick said

      That’s a beauty – no crime in using it at any time, dtw. After all we’ve had ‘rail’ two days running, and both with similar (reversal) clues and in the same bit of the grid!

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