i Cryptic Crossword 2613 Commoner

June 24, 2019

An IoS reprint to start the week, and nothing too tricky I thought. The fish was pretty obscure, and the “chief” is perhaps better known as a car model, but elsewhere the vocabulary was common enough as expected. Well done if you parsed 11ac on solving because that was surprisingly tricky, if nicely done, though the answer was pretty obvious. Elsewhere everything was clear and enjoyed throughout. First in 7ac, last in the NE corner which held out for a little while and then fell all at once, as often happens, finish time half par for the i.

COD? Just because it’s such a fantastic answer, and one I suspect won’t have appeared in most word searches, 17d – “E.g. beer brewed in this country by extreme enthusiast (8)”.

Now, tell me, do I risk going out without a coat for my lunchtime walk?

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15 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2613 Commoner”

  1. dtw42 said

    Pretty quick Monday solve – rather a lot of anagrams… perhaps too many?

    7ac was nicely nostalgic for me though. Back in 2008 (eleven years ago! yikes!) I came third in the Crossword Centre’s Cryptic Clue Writing Competition with a clue for TETRA that I was dead chuffed with, but which really split the judges in terms of whether obscure film references were a good thing or a bad!

    • jonofwales said

      I’m curious, if only to see if I get the obscure film reference. 🙂

      • dtw42 said

        “Seconds from stifling Ken, Otto brazenly eats a fish.”

      • jonofwales said

        Nice clue, and a reference I had to look up – it’s been an age since I last watched that, though I can picture the character vividly now. 🙂

      • Cornick said

        All straightforward enough and very well crafted, I thought.
        2 new things learned today: Timon of Athens was a misanthrope, doss can be a bed as well as what my teenager likes to do in one.

      • jonofwales said

        I suppose it’s where dosshouse comes from, thinking about it. And, ah yes, teenagers! 🙂

  2. batarde said

    Quick here too – as usual with Commoner – but as noted it wasn’t devoid of instructive features by any means. 11ac was quite an eyebrow raiser, as was the COD. Yep, enjoyed that.

  3. Solojo said

    Good, zippy fun. 11a was right clever – felt pleased with myself parsing that one, until I got stuck on 4d & realised I’d absentmindedly created a victual/vittles mash-up (‘3rd raTe’ 🙄).

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said


    Quick and easy and enjoyable enough, but a few too many visits to the internet for checking purposes were required for me to find this truly satisfying as a solve: PONTIAC (as a chief) TIMON and MARIACHI.

    Moreover, I had no idea how to parse VICTUAL, the recipe/take thing as ever eluding me,.

  5. Didn’t get oceans. Or why Computer = Virtual?

  6. And is it ok to use Southern and Indian as examples of the definition?

    • jonofwales said

      It works for me, just about, though I’ll admit it’s not the strongest clue in the puzzle.

      • Justin roake said

        I thought 1 down was Spot. Can u see why i thought that? Anyway, that caused me lots of problems lol!

  7. allan_c said

    Completed in one session for a change, but one or two clues, e.g.for PONTIAC, rang faint bells so I might have done this one first time around, although if I did I didn’t leave a comment on 15^2.

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