i Cryptic Crossword 2578 Scorpion

May 14, 2019

Firstly, an announcement. Apparently a subscription to the i includes access to an app which enables one to solve a crossword in an interactive manner – until recently said puzzle appeared to be chosen at random, but now it’s the same as the one in the paper. It’s jolly good according to The Guvnor. Wouldn’t know because my phone is made from brass and mahogany, and wired up to a telegraph pole. This will make some sort of sense to the technically savvy, one hopes.

And so to today’s offering from Scorpion, a setter who has been one of my favourites for a long time. This is probably not the best example – there are several off-colour clues which will annoy some solvers and the grid is singularly unhelpful – but it was still thoroughly entertaining in my opinion at least. There is a theme of the ghostly variety which might help out a little, but it should be perfectly possible to finish without noticing it. 13ac is lavatorial and highly dubious, but otherwise no complaints worth mentioning, and no problems with the parsing. Special mentions for 6, 11 and 21, with 19ac emerging as my COD by a short head:

“I run for far-right in Chesterfield, say (6)”

Bertandjoyce supplied the original Fifteensquared blog back in January 2015, so we’re in good hands.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2578 Scorpion”

  1. jonofwales said

    I thought this was good, perhaps not as tricky as Scorpion can sometimes be. I noticed the theme, but too late to help really. Favourite today was 24d, which is an &Lit and not cryptic definition as stated in the original blog. 🙂

  2. Cornick said

    Terrific from Scorpion – at least half a dozen were worthy of COD status , most already mentioned, but 1d, 23a, 26a and 20d were all fully appreciated here in Cornwall too.
    Was expecting a Nina, but when that obviously wasn’t on, looked for a theme, which pretty obviously was.
    The less said about 13a the better though!

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I found this to be rather difficult, and it was in fact a Did Not Finish from me. I could not see TITHE-PIG for the life of me. IThe first I heard of it was when I consulted Bert and Joyce in Another Place. I had to put it down and pick it back up a couple of times, and each clue seemed like wringing blood from a stone

    In fairness, however, once solved, each answer seemed to be fairly clued, so perhaps it was just me having a bad day

  4. dtw42 said

    I got about ¾ of it fairly smoothly and happily (except for writing “tsk” next to 13ac) and then got bogged down for a while in the SE corner. 18dn was my LOI – I’d eventually decided to consult a wordfinder (knowing I’d be faced with LOADS of words fitting _O_N_E_ – damn that under-checking!) but then the answer came to me anyway before I saw it in the list.
    What jonofwales said re 24dn – I thought that one was rather nice.

  5. sprouthater said

    This was done in dribs and drabs throughout the day due to the weather being so nice and Mrs.Sprouts finding me jobs to do. Like Dtw about 3/4 of went in fairly rapidly but like Michael the Pig got me. The normal amount of groans grimaces tuts and question marks that this setter usually gets from me no I’m not a fan.
    The online version does work it’s a bit basic but will do if the paper version isn’t available.

  6. Sharky said

    As ever with scorpion, i found this exceptionally difficult and only managed a handful of clues. That said after looking on 15^ all seems fair enough, just a bit beyond me.

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