i Cryptic Crossword 2503 Alchemi

February 15, 2019

We end the working week with a fairly straightforward reprint of a Monday puzzle by Alchemi, nothing much in the way of obscurities here. Although both 1ac and 29ac aren’t words in everyday usage, they can be assembled by following the wordplay. A couple went in on definition alone – 20ac and 24ac. I’m not familiar with Greek islands, but “This place” in the clue had to be “here” which made the answer fairly obvious.

Over on Fifteensquared NealH had quibbles regarding 3dn and 17dn but they both seem fine to me. 3dn was originally entered with a question mark, but on seeing it written the parsing got a tick, and as there isn’t a lot else that stands out I will make that my COD:

If the Queen took up roller – skating, might she break this? (8,5)


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2503 Alchemi”

  1. Barrie Cooper said

    I found this very straightforward, with ticks for 3 and 12, and nothing else noteworthy.

    My only quibble is the supposed homophone at 21. Maybe there should be a campaign in support of the letter R; surely it’s not just in the West country that these two words are pronounced differently? This is not as egregious an example as the Shaw and shore I saw (not sore) recently, but it’s still bad to my ear.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    This took me a little longer than I first expected, as I slowed down somewhat after putting in my first half-dozen or so fairly promptly, but no complaints.

    I was slow to see TINTED, being naively misled into thinking note-books was one word, and I struggled to get RIFLEMAN before kicking myself for failing to see a simple enough anagram. I loved the Spoonerusm (I usually do like this rare genre of clue), and both FRETFUL and SHOULDER BLADE made me smile. Good, enjoyable and rewarding.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Just noticed that it is a pangram.

  4. jonofwales said

    Thoroughly enjoyed, a nice straightforward end to the working week. Last in 29ac that I was pleased to get from the wordplay. More from Alchemi please!

  5. Cornick said

    All pretty straightforward and mostly fine and enjoyable, but I must agree with Barrie as to 21d torque/ talk. Near homophones can be very funny – as in the top line of the concise crossword each day or indeed yesterday’s ‘Eggs-you-did’ for exuded; which got a groan but at least it was humerous rather than, well, just plain wrong!

  6. batarde said

    I struggled to get on Alchemi’s wavelength and didn’t much care for the puzzle, surprisingly. Sorry.

  7. dtw42 said

    Another busy day meant a late start here. I filled in the SE half pretty quickly and then slowed down a lot for the NW, but it did all go in eventually without resorting to artificial assistance, and all seemed fair and reasonable enough except for 17dn which I didn’t understand. Turns out I flubbed that one (put in ‘promises’ instead of ‘premises’ but I still don’t see how it relates to 11). 3dn on the other hand I thought was fine & parsed as per the 15² commenters.

  8. AndyO said

    No ticks or question marks but comfortable way to end the week and also just spotted the pangram – a minute to parse 18 but no quibbles…

  9. Topsy said

    I am with Batarde on this one!

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