i Cryptic Crossword 2623 Kairos

July 5, 2019

Today we have a puzzle from Kairos and for me it is the puzzle of the week. Nothing really obscure – we all know that Suriname is abbreviated to SME don’t we? And that Galileo was the first to see sunspots? Well, it didn’t really matter if you didn’t because the user friendly grid gave us plenty of checking letters.  Only 10ac and 16dn went in without parsing but that was my fault for not paying attention, and 1dn took far too long – I was convinced it was two words (wrong again) and the alternative definition of Truck had slipped my mind. No real quibbles – the use of Rent for an anagrid in 6dn was perhaps unusual, and if you don’t watch Countdown 8dn might have raised an eyebrow, also as pointed out over on the Fifteensquared blog  his name is Hewer not Hewers.

With so much to like picking one for COD is perhaps the hardest part, but the surface and wordplay at 22dn make it my pick.

Boots replacing foremost of chemists with very big retail outlets  (6)

12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2623 Kairos”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    After yesterday’s only-for-the-determined-and-persistent offering, a welcome relief to get one which I would happily encourage a novice to tackle.

    All good fun and nicely satisfying. No quibbles from me, and the only thing I needed to check was the presenter of Countdown; I’m not much of a television-watcher, although I did know about Dave.

  2. jonofwales said

    A bit of light, fluffy fun to end the working week, no complaints here. 27ac was a bit of a stab in the dark at the close, the parsing having eluded me, but it didn’t look like it could be anything else.

    Ticks today by 5d and the slightly tricky 22d.

    Isn’t the S in 8d from “presenter’s”?

  3. Topsy said

    I rather enjoyed this one with no major quibbles. Re 8d, it was obviously a plural so I took the ‘s from the clue to add to the surname. I was surprised that Emrys didn’t know “40 days” for Lent as I thought it is a very common clue. 6a made me smile but 7d didn’t and it seems I will NEVER remember “to go” meaning “wee” 😀

  4. dtw42 said

    All went it smoothly enough for me except 12ac at the end, for which i needed a bit of electronic assistance. Entirely my own fault.

  5. Cornick said

    Highlights for me were the COD – as good a surface reading as you could hope for – and the use of ‘swapped’ in the cassava clue 27a; how often have we seen ‘on the contrary’ or some such, but this was much more elegant.

  6. batarde said

    Plenty of deft clue writing and variety in this one, making for a thoroughly satisfying end to the crossword week. So much so that I’m willing to overlook the Americanism, ordinarily a real bugbear. The COD stood out for me too.

  7. Very enjoyable. Didn’t understand the vow bit in 28a, but the answer was pretty obvious.

  8. sprouthater said

    Pressed the wrong button I Do + later

  9. allan_c said

    Struggled a bit with this, despite having done it back in 2015, but got there in the end. Held up for a while by entering ‘bussing’ instead of ‘abusing’ for 7dn.

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