i Cryptic Crossword 2538 Hypnos

March 28, 2019

Our second IoS reprint of the week comes courtesy of Hypnos, and a thoroughly enjoyable offering it was too. On the easy side, as expected, but I’m not complaining as today has turned into one of those days where I’ve been rushed off my feet and the prospect of a prize puzzle or Thursday reprint wasn’t the most enticing. The parsing of 23d went totally over my head, and I can’t help but think that the archaism in the wordplay really should have been flagged, but elsewhere everything went in fully parsed and understood. I would have said that I didn’t know 9/10, but as I lobbed the answer in fairly confidently based on the wordplay I have a sneaking suspicion that he might have cropped up previously, whether here or elsewhere. I’m certainly ignorant of any further facts concerning him.

Lots to like – the aforementioned 9/10 particularly so – but my COD goes to 13ac that I liked, but with a nagging suspicion that it might not have gone down well in all quarters – “A bed in Paris in the dark? (5)”.

To December 2014:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/12/07/independent-on-sunday-1293-hypnos/

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2538 Hypnos”

  1. batarde said

    One or two niggles, and I cannot account for 9/10 being a vaguely familiar name, but no real complaints. It was, however, rather in the nature of a series of read-and-writes, so one hopes that there’ll be something more hard boiled tomorrow.

  2. Cornick said

    It’s a while since I’ve done one, but this had the feel of a Telegraph puzzle, I thought. Well, it passed the time for a bit I suppose! 11a, 18a and 23d were my favourites.

  3. dtw42 said

    Well, I’m another to grumble at the prospect of being expected to know the name of a footballer, but on the other hand I too did manage to summon the right answer from somewhere once all the crossing letters were in.
    Surely the French city is just LYON? Where does the other S come from?

    • Owen said

      The left side of strike

      • dtw42 said

        Yeah, in the *wordplay*, but the city isn’t called LYONS but LYON surely?

      • Cornick said

        When I was young we used to call it Lyons, but modern English has gone with the modern French Lyon.
        I guess it’s a bit like Peking/Beijing, Bombay/Mumbai and all the rest, but apparently Lyons with an s was how the French themselves once had it.

  4. sprouthater said

    I didn’t get 9/10, to be honest I didn’t try just treated it with the contempt it deserved and ignored it. The rest was ok but rather a lot of read the clue and write an answer even if I wasn’t completely sure of the parsing.

  5. The French city was also my LOI. That = yon ?

  6. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I’ve just added a comment on Friday’s Tyrus (😣) and realised I forgot to contribute yesterday!

    I enjoyed this. Good fun. No quibbles or queries. Last one in was ESCAPE, where for the life of me I could not work out what the key was. Then I chanced to look at my keyboard…

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