i Cryptic Crossword 2668 Radian

August 27, 2019

I am at something of a loss today, because if there is a theme or Nina in this crossword it doesn’t amount to much. There seems to be a fair bit of weighing and measuring going on, but Radian seldom leaves us in any doubt. Comments invited. Nobody came up with anything very significant at Fifteensquared when the puzzle came out for the first time in June 2015.

Never mind: it’s a rare opportunity to enjoy Radian’s setting without having to worry about a load of jiggery-pokery. As usual it’s a very consistent puzzle with no especially intractable areas, good surfaces and plenty of variety. I’d call it medium-easy, and a good one for less experienced solvers: the only things which struck me as quibbleworthy were the enumeration of 2, the abbreviation in 19, and a homophone which received a “not really!” in the margin, at 27. Hence the “some might say”, no doubt. Appreciative ticks for both the long down lights and 9, but my COD is 6d which Bertandjoyce described as “surprisingly obvious”. Fair comment, but it’s an elegant piece of work.

“We might shed mass losing it (6)”

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2668 Radian”

  1. dtw42 said

    I didn’t notice anything particularly thematic. My last ones in were 23dn and then 27ac (phsaw to the humophone), but even those were only just after 9am so a pretty quick finish.

    Quibbles? As you said, the enumeration of 2dn, and … surely 17dn isn’t matter at all, but antimatter?

  2. jonofwales said

    No, no theme spotted here either. A few things to do with measures, a couple of bones, but if anything’s linked I didn’t notice. Enjoyable anyway, and pretty straightforward, especially for Radian!

  3. Cornick said

    Wot, no theme on a Tuesday?
    I’m feeling a bit grumpy today actually, so I might as well add a couple of quibbles of my own to those already mentioned – I’m sure Radian can take it!
    1d crosswords take place in the present tense, so it should be ‘meets’ not ‘met’.
    24a/ 3d Old = O used twice in the same puzzle.
    19a there are lots of Rivers Ouse, but the one in Yorkshire is twice as long as the one in Sussex and much better known.
    I’ll stop whinging now, I actually quite enjoyed the puzzle and it was all fully solvable & passable without help.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I failed today. I could not for the life of me see the wordplay for my Last One In, 19ac, apart from (the wrong) H for harbour. But that was because I decided the answer had to be ON THE LOOSE to mean free. I can absolve myself by noting that I’m another who thought the only Ouse was to the north-east, so that construction never occured to me.

    Nevertheless, despite getting it wrong, I enjoyed this. I too raised an eyebrow at SPARERIB being one word. I wasn’t sure how “make” could equal “give” in 8d, but I accept the explanation given on Fifteensquared. And it took me ages to realise, in my stupidity, that an OUNCE is a unit of weight, not some obscure kind of quintet. 😯

  5. sprouthater said

    I dont usually see any themes but I’ve just noticed TESS in the bottom left corner and NCSE in the bottom right, ASP and SAM across the top and so after Googling them found they are all to do with education, maybe it’s just a coincidence?

    • Cornick said

      I reckon you can pretty much always see something. Just quickly looking at the solution to yesterday’s, for example, there’s ASS in the unches of row 12 directly on top of LOO in row 14!

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