i Cryptic Crossword 2551 Daedalus

April 12, 2019

An IOS reprint and a new setter which some, me included, found a bit tough. I do like a puzzle that I can get straight into it but no chance of that here because solving 1ac relies on first solving 17ac which fortunately wasn’t too difficult. The linked clue device was also used in 11ac/12ac, where again 12ac being a bit of a write-in worked just fine. But 14ac and 19ac, while I had solved their associated clues, they needed some outside assistance to solve. Quite a few went in unparsed – 6ac where “in the theatre” is a homophone indicator that was new to me,  1dn Sister = Twin hmm and both 23ac and 24ac where my lack of Latin left me scratching my head. 6dn was one of those clues that the setter goes to a great deal of trouble to concoct but with a few checking letters this solver just bunged the answer in.

As I said I found this quite difficult, whether that was just unfamiliarity with the setter’s style or my lack of French, Spanish and Latin I’m not sure. There were of course some good clues – 25ac was well constructed although the “Jack” part seems a bit contentious and 28ac also got ticks but for COD mainly because I like the word

15dn   Crazy drugs  (8)

Fifteensquared provides all the answers and explanations plus a few comments including one from the setter Click here


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2551 Daedalus”

  1. Topsy said

    Some answers just fell into place but many made no sense at all. I am afraid this one was too contrived for me.

  2. jonofwales said

    Tough for an IoS reprint, but one I didn’t find to be impenetrable, finishing in a little over par for the i. The style took a while to get used to, and I solved on a bit of a wing and a prayer, but solve I did and enjoyed it too.

    I must also note that this is a landmark moment – Daedalus set up idothei many moons ago and for a while was the sole blogger before roping me in. So belated congratulations on your debut. 🙂

  3. Barrie Cooper said

    Real curate’s egg, this one. On the whole I enjoyed it a lot, finding it just a bit more than averagely difficult. I was very slow to understand SEVENTEEN, but that was my fault.
    The clues which I found unsatisfactory were 6 (a new and very iffy homophone indicator); 25 (word order dubious); and 23 (do you need joint AND with?)
    However, 27 was delightfully both easy and funny; 24 seemed muddled, but was actually very clever; 5 raised a chuckle; and 10 was pleasingly concise. Nice link between 21 and 25 too.

  4. batarde said

    This reminded me of Hob, but rather easier. The setter is clearly jolly clever and gleefully inventive, and for that I’m inclined to cut him or her a lot of slack because it was a hoot to solve. That’s not to say that some of the devices weren’t a little suspect though – but my main complaint is the four-puzzles-in-one grid. I am not surprised that this was a debut puzzle because so many of the clues have highly burnished surfaces which suggests a crossword long in the preparation. Probably my favourite today was 24ac, on grounds of sheer whimsy.

  5. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Tough but doable. On my first read-through I had nothing in place, but once I had “tuned in” to the setter, with the rather allusive definitions, I found it all very enjoyable. I could not parse WHERE, but now I know it’s a homophone it makes perfect sense. I could not work out how PARADOX was defined until I went to Fifteensquared.

    I agree with Batarde about the grid. The “Jack in New York” thing irritated me, but I suspect that is snobbery on my part.

  6. dtw42 said

    I did fine until I’d got down to four left.
    Those four were 19, 21, 24 and 25, and I needed electronic assistance for those. 19ac was last in, and – like Michael – couldn’t make sense of the def.
    As some others have said, didn’t think much of ‘in the theatre’.

    I hope you all remembered my use of the French student when it came to 4dn! 😛

  7. BarrieCooper said

    Pretty impressive circumflex there! How do you do that?

    • batarde said

      Character Map! Would love to tell you that I have a load of Unicode shortcuts memorised, but alas the only one which sticks in my mind is °.

      • dtw42 said

        Ha – I have a few committed to muscle memory since I need to type è, é, ö, ™, © and ® often enough 😛
        …but for the rest, i resort to Character Map too!

  8. Brakewynde said

    Innovative setting from a hitherto unseen compiler, and no need to consult any reference books. What’s not to like about this (unless you’re Mr E Trot)?

  9. Cornick said

    I liked it plenty – agree it’s Hob-like but a bit easier; certainly just as inventive, my paper is covered with ticks and there are doubles for 1a and 6d.
    Mind you I couldn’t work out 5d or parse the ‘in the theatre’ bit of 6a, although on reflection I suppose it’s virtually the same as ‘in the auditorium’ which I have seen befo, .

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