i Cryptic Crossword 2617 Morph

June 28, 2019

Morph to finish the working week with a gentle offering, but also for me the puzzle of the week. Lively as ever, clues that were never dull, always crystal clear – at the close I had just the one I was unsure of – yes, Geography strikes again at 16d. As it turns out I had the correct answer, but only because I was aware of the ITV region. There’s a word hidden down the middle of the grid which may be significant. First in 1ac which opened the grid up quite nicely, last in the aforementioned region and city, time half par for the i. All in all a very nice way to wind down towards the weekend.

COD? With lots to appreciate, 11ac – “Flying ace and sexy female – you and me? (4,5)”.

No prizes for guessing that we’re back to March 2015 once more:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/03/09/independent-8860-by-morph/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2617 Morph”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Very much on the easy side from Morph, and pleasing enough while it lasted. A bit puzzled by the parsing of NET GAIN; is it simply a cryptic definition?

    OYSTER and STEERING COLUMN were both delightful clues, I thought.

  2. dtw42 said

    I wrote “don’t get it” against both 1dn and 8dn.
    Everything else was good though, esp. the four long across answers.

  3. batarde said

    Not what I was expecting from Morph in terms of difficulty, but the quality was as high as ever. Quick and crisp, with 1d holding out until the end – really very good, directly addressing the solver like that. Still perplexed about that name down the middle however.

  4. Cornick said

    I love a Morph puzzle, but this could have done with a bit more to chew on for my taste. Ah well, chacun a son gout, and all that.
    Unless someone can point to an anniversary for a famous Bennet (Alan is with a double T) then I’ll wager this one was no more significant than the MIA in column 6.

  5. sprouthater said

    Nothing overly taxing but nice enough to while away a few minutes while sitting in the sunshine. 8ac had a ? as did the op-ed part of 13ac.

  6. My level of difficulty! Complete without the need of dictionaries or other reference books. Just right.

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