i Cryptic Crossword 2605 Alchemi

June 13, 2019

Was I the only person to assume this was an IoS reprint? OK, we had a couple of unknowns in the answers – 17d and 24d in my case – but both were as fairly clued as everything else in the puzzle leaving little or no doubt as to the outcome. I solved clockwise from NW to NE with half an ear on a workplace presentation and still finished in a time well under par for the i, so I suspect some will have flown through. And there’s little more to say than that – a very good puzzle, enjoyed, and a definitely worthy but surprising pick for the Saturday Independent Prize Puzzle spot.

COD? Lots to appreciate, including the Spoonerism, but 30ac gets my vote just for the Hitchhiker’s reference – “Keen galactic hitchhiker losing a day (6)”.

To the no doubt equally cold and wet days of February / March 2015:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2605 Alchemi”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    A nice gentle solve, all done in much less than my typical hour. And all very enjoyable it was too. No quibbles or queries: I did not know STOEP, but it was fairly clued and the crossers made it all perfectly clear, so my visit to the internet was purely to check. I remembered Carl Andre and the furore around his bricks at the Tate back in the 80s, I believe, and this was likewise fairly clued.

    The spoonerism was fantastic and made me laugh out loud πŸ˜€!

  2. tonnelier said

    I enjoyed this a lot, especially the spoonerism – they are always fun!
    It did not take long, but that was a pleasant change after yesterday. Carl Andre meant nothing to me but it was gettable from the excellent clue; I solved 30 from the definition without appreciating the super clue, I’m afraid. Favourite probably upside-down cake

  3. Brakewynde said

    Nothing to frighten the horses here. My only comment is that yesterday’s solution as published in the print version is definitely not yesterday’s Punk! Just hope it’s not tomorrow’s solution…

    • batarde said

      Seems highly likely that it will be …

      • dtw42 said

        …well, there’s your answer. I think today’s solving time is gonna be preeeeetty darn quick. Perhaps an alternative diversion might be thinking up new clues for the answers in the little solution grid provided.

  4. sprouthater said

    Whizzed through this far too quickly with 4ac and 17dn left but they followed pretty rapidly got nothing to do now and the wife’s reminding of all those little jobs…..
    Agree with COD for the same reasons

  5. dtw42 said

    Okay, my local newsagent didn’t get their papers (due to a delivery van breakdown, apparently) until long after I’d gone to work, so I didn’t get to look at this until around 6pm. Think I spent about half an hour on it – some parts pretty quick, others needed a little more thinking. I think the world can be divided into two groups of people: those for whom the phrase “galactic hitchhiker” is a dead giveaway, and those who have missed out. (That was my first one in, as the phrase leapt out at me as I was doing my usual initial sweep for phrasal clues to put the dividing lines in for.)

    Re 17dn, I’m afraid I looked the guy up rather than work it out from the wordplay: I knew what was being referred to (could see the artwork in my mind’s eye) but knew that I didn’t know the artist’s name. So sue me.

    4ac was my last in (after 5dn) but entirely approved of once solved.

    Must admit I do find spoonerism clues a good bit of fun; I think I’ve probably already shared my “A hole in the door’s improved security for Spooner (6,3)”.

  6. batarde said

    Another impressively polished puzzle from Alchemi: he’s very reliable, isn’t he? All enjoyable, no quibbles, and for me the hitchhiker is just pipped by the bricklayer but both made me smile. Nice to find a use for my Afrikaans vocabulary … fully a quarter of it I reckon.

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