i Cryptic Crossword 2559 Raich

April 22, 2019

Happy Easter Bank Holiday, everybody. Today we have a crossword by one of the Monday regulars, but this time there’s a twist – a ghost theme in fact. I didn’t spot it but somehow Raich had managed to implant the idea subliminally, making me feel thoroughly foolish after looking up the January 2015 Fifteensquared blog.

I have praised this setter before as an excellent purveyor of entry-level puzzles, and whilst this one won’t have detained experienced solvers for long it’s all high quality stuff. Nicely made clues are plentiful – 6 and 31 for instance, also 14 and 16 which form an unusual pair; my COD is one of the slightly more convoluted examples:

29ac: “Something initially hard to believe – they’re electrically charged creatures? (9)”

If you’re at a loose end after that, don’t fancy the wordsearch and haven’t done so already, please have a look at the second idothei Guest Puzzle just below this post. It’s an entertaining one.

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7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2559 Raich”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Nice easy start to the week and very pleasing it was to solve. No quibbles or queries from me. Took me a while to work out the parsing of STALLIONS, but that was just me being slow, as it is perfectly fairly clued. Last one in was BEIRUT, which took me ages to see.

  2. dtw42 said

    Missed the theme. But, as soon as I saw you mention there WAS one, glanced back at the completed grid and saw it straightaway. Hey ho. Your COD was my last one in and the only one I struggled with.

  3. sprouthater said

    Missed the theme. COD and 30ac were my last two, 30ac is cryptically fine but I don’t really see how Notices = Minds.

    • allan_c said

      I think ‘notice’ roughly equates to ‘mind’ as in ‘Mind the Gap’ as you might not notice the gap till too late if you hadn’t been warned. That’s how I saw it anyway.

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