i Cryptic Crossword 2608 Radian

June 18, 2019

Radian on a Tuesday, so there simply has to be a gimmick. I couldn’t see it though, so a warm “thank you” to Anna over at Fifteensquared who could, and spilled the beans in comment no. 6. Thus giving me an opportunity to select a picture link which is, in my opinion, well wicked. As hip young people used to say, once upon a time.

In terms of difficulty RatkojaRiku thought this was about average for Radian, but it seemed stiffer than his usual to me. Most unusually for this setter 9ac got a :-/, my pictogram for “steady on, old boy”. 22ac is a pretty uncommon word, but otherwise it’s the clues rather than the vocabulary that made this a satisfyingly chewy puzzle, which scored an impressive tally of ticks. Once again Radian has made selecting a clue of the day tricky because there’s no shortage of candidates, all more or less level pegging. Plaudits therefore to 1ac, 4, 7, 12, 15, 18 … and so forth. Further nominations are invited. The winner is 7d, mostly for its very pleasing surface:

“I love bananas in crude fruit juice (5.3)”

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2608 Radian”

  1. dtw42 said

    Hmm. I got most of this filled in relatively quickly (22ac needed a googling to check), but then chewed my pencil a lot more over the NW corner. 20dn was in in pencil for a long time, waiting to work out 6dn … which ended up as my LOI.

  2. Topsy said

    Please can someone explain “coinage” in 12a?

    • batarde said

      I’ll have a go! As I understand it there are two definitions of the word in question, one of which is technical and used by evolutionary theorists; the other is anything but and used by the voguish and vapid. Radian appears to be referring to the latter. In essence it appears to be any blockheaded, smartypants notion or in-joke deemed witty by the internet savvy young, the chief attribute of which is novelty. Hence “coinage”. Such things generally enjoy a brief life before fizzling and disappearing into well-deserved obscurity, but others with more evolutionary durability persist. For example the egregious practice of Rickrolling. See page 19 of yesterday’s paper for details.

      • Topsy said

        Thanks for that, I am clearly not voguish then because I thought “rickrolling” was a country fair pursuit 😀

  3. Cornick said

    Hmm. Glad others liked it. I found the first half I did too easy and the second half too hard, with precious little that was satisfying. Missed the Nina, but it is a super idea.

  4. jonofwales said

    One that I only got to solve in dribs and drabs, it being that sort of day. I made a bit of a mess of the NW corner, lobbing in PRESTO and PRONTO before opting for the correct answer, and also – probably intentionally – got hung up for an age on TIDAL… Couldn’t spell the composer, or the Irish party thing. Lots of the rest was pretty straightforward, though, leaving just a few at the end to stumble over. Missed the theme, needless to say.

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