i Cryptic Crossword 2640 Morph

July 25, 2019

This will be my last daily blog for a few weeks while I’m off on holiday, and to be honest I can’t think of a better puzzle to end on. Morph’s always good value for money, and here he is with a Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint that’s as witty, lively and enjoyable as you’d like. Very much on the easy side, though with the RHS of the grid perhaps taking a little longer than the rest. I made life difficult for myself at the close by my inability to read my own writing – D.T.L to start 15ac, anybody? Upon finally deciphering my own scribbles I finished with a time still well below par for the i, and on a par with yesterday’s Dac. Just the one I couldn’t parse – 21d – but the answer was clear enough.

COD? Lots to appreciate as always, with my nomination going to 9ac – “Riot suppressed by repeated ultimatum? (6)”.

Back to May 2015 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2640 Morph”

  1. batarde said

    Jeepers, that was a good ‘un. By my reckoning there are a dozen clues which would be strong COD candidates on the average day, so glad I didn’t have to choose. It would have been 20ac though. 🙂 Super stuff, and gratifyingly low on crossword commonplaces.

    Happy holidays, Jon … we won’t wreck the place while you’re away, honest.

  2. Topsy said

    Bit too much for me in places but I can see why you cleverer uns enjoyed it. Happy hols Jon 😀

  3. sprouthater said

    All done but the wordplay for 9ac and 20ac left me a bit bewildered and 18dn, well I probably have come across Tabu before but like Lea it just drew a blank so the answer went in with a large?
    Enjoy your holiday Jon.

  4. dtw42 said

    Welp, I had about ¾ of this in nicely (ticks against 23dn and 5dn), then needed a bit more pencil chewing in the SW corner. Last ones in for me were 21dn, 26ac, 18dn, 17ac in that order.

    Have a good hols, JoW, and don’t melt. 🙂

  5. Cornick said

    Pretty staggeringly good crossword that, but blimey – ‘very much on the easy side’ ! – not from where I was sitting!
    Maybe an evening solve with politics on the telly is not the best accompaniment…
    All solved & parsed satisfactorily though, with personal faves being the COD and the hummus at 14d.

  6. allan_c said

    Not quite the same political situation as when this first appeared in the Indy, but there are a few parallels with now, so was this deliberately selected for a reprint this week?

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