i Cryptic Crossword 2490 Crosophile

January 31, 2019

Crosophile’s usually on the easy side, isn’t he? Well, not today, with a puzzle that I found to be a bit of a grind to be honest. I started well enough over on the RHS of the grid but struggled elsewhere, and at the close couldn’t get a foothold in the NW corner at all. Cue much cheating to finish the thing, and lots of question marks throughout. Lunchtime rapidly running out, and the sandwich and coffee still not consumed, I was just relieved to finish. The question marks still stand, having lost the will. šŸ™‚ Not my favourite ever i puzzle, though your mileage may vary.

COD? To be fair there were some ticks as well, though they were outweighed by the negatives for me – “Salon, say, that’s rather snotty? (5)”.

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7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2490 Crosophile”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Surprised you found this a trial: I found it to be on the easier side and completed it in much less than my typical hour. I too got stuck in the NW corner, being unable to get Bilbao out of my head once it was lodged there. Could not parse GECKO and after having seen how it works over on Fifteensquared, I am not at all satisfied that the clue was fair, even if there really could have been only one answer once the crossers were in. Otherwise no further quibbles from me.

  2. batarde said

    A rummy sort of puzzle, which was enjoyable after a fashion but caused a lot of eyebrow raising. I was dumbfounded to see 26ac in a modern crossword for one thing, and there were a few queries, like: are 18 downs really capable of anything? … is there a plural form as in 6d? … and, does Crosophile seriously expect me to know more than one six-letter Spanish city beginning with B? Well, I do now, so that’s something gained. Not my favourite either, but something different, certainly.

  3. Cornick said

    He’s a quirky one for sure, Mr Crosophile – as evinced by that Nina amongst other things – but either I’m disposed to view this effort kindly because of the sprinkling of humour and invention, or else I’m just getting used to his style.
    I think 26a is what’s called a canonical clue in some circles; I didn’t mind it.
    And an average length of solve for me, although I did get rather hung up on the complicated wordplay of 18a, where I couldn’t get The Tremeloes [sic] out of my head (it’s tremolo, of course). In the end I went to a wordsearch to check and found the right answer.

  4. sprouthater said

    Another setter that doesn’t know his backside from a donkey.šŸ˜– Some of this was very good but other parts not so pleasing, 7dn got a big groan but I suppose it wa necessary to accommodate the Nina. I didn’t know the Spanish city either.

  5. dtw42 said

    Hmm… I was generally okay in the NW corner, but struggled (& resorted to cheating) in the SW instead. Orchestra got a ‘You cannot be serious’, and I thought ‘yawner’, ‘noser’, and ‘cheerer’ were all rubbish words. I, too, would spell 13ac with a Y. Chalk me up as another who’d not heard of 1dn.

  6. AndyO said

    Pleasant enough – and straightforwardly solveable with the OED and my trusty Philips School Atlas – the nina has to be the most obscure ever – but 5a was pushing it a bit and think possibly non-PC clues like 24a need the ‘s’ replaced by ‘age’ and a ‘d’ added- just saying…

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