i Cryptic Crossword 2626 Scorpion

July 9, 2019

Last week’s musical theme hint received such a rapturous reception that I’m minded to supply another. Besides, there’s an obvious one, so please have a guess before clicking here. Did you get it?

Enough frivolity. Serious business, this crossword, and the chances of everyone being happy with it are pretty remote in my opinion. Solvers who bristle at the mere mention of the capital will have been triggered for starters, and technophobes are just going to love 23ac. Besides, the puzzle is as venomous as a Scorpion gets, which ought to be tough enough for all but the most jaded customers. For a whole litany of grumbles see the comments under the original March 2015 Fifteensquared blog.

Me? I was cheerful enough to finish eventually without outside assistance, but it was a bit of a slog all told. The whole of the right hand side was done and dusted before making any worthwhile headway on the left, and it turned out that the breakthrough entry was the distinctly perverse 1d. Not sure that the wooded glen in 7ac would have occurred to me without that. The final mopping up operation in the south west was satisfying once the penny dropped about the terribly well known jazzman and the operating system. Lots of cleverness to admire, of course – 4, 13, 15, 20 and 22 are the runners up and my COD is 18d:

“Tenor good through working with Bill, who’s careful with his notes (8)”

11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2626 Scorpion”

  1. dtw42 said

    Hmm. Okya, well I didn’t spot the theme until coming here and being told there was one; thereupon it became apparent. I too did the right side far more easily than the left. 23ac *is* an OS that I am familiar with, but still I wrote “terrible” next to the clue for that. Also “yuk” next to 21dn.
    My last two in were 1dn (for which I couldn’t see how to derive the first two letters) and 7ac (the wooded glen is pretty obscure and I was trying to think of more contemporary TV shows … though it was a bit of a “Gah, of course” moment when the right one FINALLY came to mind).

  2. Topsy said

    Apart from doing crosswords as part of my “Brain Gym” I also do them for pleasure and after getting a few of the more obvious clues I am afraid I hung up my intellectual trainers and headed for the shower. Sport, The Great Wen, Computing…… Yuk

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I found this one to be very challenging, but I enjoyed it and it was rewarding in the end – despite all the quibbles and queries I marked as I completed it. I needed some electronic help in the SW corner with RECKONER, KENTON and UBUNTU, my Last Ones In.

    Qs & Qs: Gill = wooded glen? Angel as an advisor rather than a backer? Bun as a piece of cake, rather than just a small cake? Ubuntu as, er, a word? Anguish as rack? Ton as fast tempo?

    Despite living on the wild north Cornish coast, I have been to That London often enough to have spotted the ghost theme – although perhaps not all of the stations, and perhaps not sufficiently well enough for it to have been any help in getting answers. I was alerted to it because I have occasionally stayed with a friend who lives near SEVEN SISTERS, which is more familiar to me as the tube stop than as a constellation.

    Pleased with myself to have finished it, despite the problems.

  4. jonofwales said

    This certainly needed a bit of thinking through, as expected from Scorpion, but I finished about par for the i so not ridiculously so.

    I’ve used the OS so no issues there, though lobbing in BACK for 24d and not knowing the jazzman caused a few issues in that corner.

    Needless to say I failed miserably to spot the theme, despite looking for one.

    A satisfying challenge overall I thought.

  5. Cornick said

    I thought it might be Kenton for the jazz personage, but as he appears neither in Collins nor the first page of Kenton’s on Google, I felt compelled to abandon the idea. And as for Ubuntu, the less said the better.
    Otherwise it was all right-ish, but certainly not worth all that extra effort in my book.
    And yes I did see the theme, but with those obscurities and all that negative checking, Scorpion won’t be winning any grid-filling plaudits today, I suspect.

  6. sprouthater said

    More a DNS than DNF. I was in the shower with Topsy metaphorically speaking

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