i Cryptic Crossword 2513 Eimi

February 27, 2019

Dac’s AWOL again this week, but instead we have an offering from our crossword editor that’s a more than able substitute. Fairly straightforward throughout, it was only really the dog at 3d (which was my LOI) and the Spanish girl that gave me much pause for thought. The former it must be said because I got too hung up on removing the initial letter from a synonym for “escape”, which as it turned out wasn’t the case. There’s a Nina I spotted at the close, though I must admit I assumed the word in the bottom row was a surname rather than a bit of obscure football terminology. It transpires Eimi’s a Spurs fan, which is no doubt why that clue made it past his editor’s pen yesterday. 🙂

Lots to appreciate, and thoroughly enjoyable throughout, my COD nomination going to 17d, just for the lovely Douglas Adams reference – “A meaningful number getting first couple of parts of well-known song from No, No, Nanette confused in audition (5-3)”.

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8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2513 Eimi”

  1. dtw42 said

    ¾ of this was quick & smooth; slowed down a little in the SE corner (kicked myself for not getting 17dn quicker, but grinned widely when I did). That the top row *looked like* the beginnings of a nina caused me to google the name, which gave me the remaining bits for the bottom row (still means nothing to me) and thereby help finish off the last few in that corner.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Gosh, that was quick! Finished that in less than half an hour! Nice and enjoyable and a welcome relief after recent experiences.

    I had to use electronic help to find the dog, and I have to say I have never come across LAM for escape before. Needed to check the meanings of MIDRIB and AEROSTAT but they were fairly clued and easily gettable, and this was more about gaps in my general knowledge than anything else. Likewise, I needed to check that DURANGO is a place in Mexico, but once the crossers were in, there was a very limited range of possibilities. I had no idea about the songs in No, No, Nanette, but saw the answer straight away and then realised what the song was. Expected a nina, but it went over my head, I’m afraid.

    Very enjoyable and satisfying. My nomination for CotD is 18A, “Bribes ordinary seamen in vessels” with its subtle misdirection.

  3. BarrieCooper said

    No problems at all with this one, though I also missed the Spurs ninas (I’m assuming there were two, though I’ve heard only of Lamela).

    Both 12s amused me, and 12A is my favourite clue, with 17 the delightfully whimsical runner-up.

    Very minor quibble would be the inclusion of an unknown Mexican city.

  4. batarde said

    Yes, very quick largely on account of all those anagrams, but highly enjoyable as is always the case with Eimi. I did spot that there was a Nina, but even after checking I’m not much the wiser. Some sort of fancy footwork, no doubt. That Mexican city was a Rumsfeldian known unknown: a word stashed away in the memory with no supporting information whatsoever. Ask me about a dorodango and I can give you chapter and verse … oddly enough that’s never come in handy.

  5. dtw42 said

    Ah well I knew of Durango from, er, the lyrics of the title song from the film ‘Rango’ (there are a bunch of intentionally strained rhymes). See, an interest in film scores does come in handy occasionally!

  6. Topsy said

    #sighs happily……. didn’t get the footballers but, why would I, I hate football! Most enjoyable 😀

  7. sprouthater said

    All a bit too straightforward, biggest question mark was for the No No Nanette bit, wonder what he was on when he came up with that.

  8. Cornick said

    All good fun.
    Agreed on the COD – the only song anyone knows from that musical I suspect, and a great example of how a long clue can still be a good clue.
    Having said that, 8d was about as short as they come, and that was my runner up.

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