i Cryptic Crossword 2593 Jambazi

May 31, 2019

An enjoyable and challenging puzzle from Jambazi who doesn’t hold back with the smut or sexual innuendo which seems to annoy a good many solvers. I must admit to not really liking 3dn and wonder if that had been part of a news story would it have been printed as P**s?  5/7 is not really what you want to read at the breakfast table but entirely forgivable as it was such a good clue. The most annoying part of the whole thing for me was 16dn – I always miss the With = W. It’s frequently used by setters and I miss it every time. It was this corner that halted my fairly rapid progress, with 23ac being my LOI and that only because it was the most likely thing the word search came up with.

All of this is admirably explained by Beermagnet over on the Fifteensquared blog where the setter makes a brief appearance and ignores any of the criticism.

COD I have a few to choose from – 1ac, 5dn, 8dn and 20ac all candidates – but 26ac just takes it.

Managed crazy European party (4,2)

13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2593 Jambazi”

  1. Topsy said

    Okay, before I comment on this offering, I will say that a career in the Services followed by property development, working alongside artisans of all trades, means that I have, shall we say, a rich and varied vocabulary but I don’t want to have to employ it when doing a crossword. I just find it puerile…. It reminds me of when my sons were little and they discovered new expressions for bodily functions and parts. Yuk!!!

  2. jonofwales said

    A fun end to the working week finished somewhat under par for the i. I must admit to thinking – surely not – on entering 2d, but in general I don’t mind a bit of rudeness in my puzzles.

    I usually find Jambazi quite tricky if I remember rightly, but I suspect getting 5/7 straight off was key to a quick finish as it opened up the RHS of the grid pretty sharpish. Elsewhere 11ac was a write-in if I ever saw one, and how many famous Irish singers are there anyway?

    I only really got stuck on 1ac where I had SLANES stuck in my head and actually looked the thing up only to find that it’s a most definitely inedible spade.

    More Jambazi then please.

    • Solojo said

      I had SLANES too. Was convinced (& am still half convinced, despite turning the interweb inside out) it was some sort of potato thing, or maybe grit-sy or something. Led to a rogue L at 2D, so a dnf – in retrospect I feel a prudish sense of pride at that.. 🙃

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I don’t mind a little bit of smut and scatology now and again, particularly as I usually solve alone, but this was not a crossword which as a youngster I would have wish to have solved with my maiden aunts (I had two) nor one I would wish to solve with my nieces, maiden or otherwise.

    In the end it was only BONSAI that eluded me, so a Did Not Finish for me. Everything else was ok, with no quibbles or queries in the parsing. Slightly longer than usual in the solving.

  4. batarde said

    There’s a time and a place for everything, behind the bike sheds at play time being about right for a lot of this. Ribaldry without subtlety is discourteous to the solvers in my opinion … with subtlety the more the merrier. Jambazi would do well to study the late Humphrey Lyttleton if he wishes to pull it off with style. Ahem. Puerility aside this was pretty good I think, but no masterpiece. In answer to Jon’s question, there are three famous Irish singers: Val Doonican, Dana, and the other one.

  5. Cornick said

    Pretty straightforward for the most part, and largely enjoyable. I didn’t mind any of the rudeness apart from 2d, which in my book was taking things a bit too far.

  6. dtw42 said

    Pff. Okay, I found this another one in which ¾ fell relatively smoothly, and then the last ¼ was chewier. 16dn and 23ac were in the first part, although I did write “yuk” against 23ac after solving that one, and “tsk” against 3d. That left me a block in the SE corner, plus 1ac and 2dn. The SE corner fell (a bit like yesterday’s) after I got Bradford’s help with 15dn. Then I sat and stared at those top-left two for ages. 2dn finally fell with an “oh GOOD GRIEF!”, whereupon 1ac became “oh yeah, should have got that.”

    Sinéad O’Connor?

  7. AndyO said

    Well I thoroughly enjoyed this! Late start so a very late finish but a good brain workout with plenty of chuckles and only a little over par timewise. Yes do understand the above misgivings but slightly disappointed that it wasn’t a pangram and no nina as far as I could see – v impressed with yesterday’s btw!!

  8. Sheamus said

    I managed to finish although looked up to see if there was a Nutfinch and stumbled upon Nuthatch so can’t get credit for that alas, anyway it made me laugh, an excellent and different sort of crossword! Thanks to the setter

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