i Cryptic Crossword 2691 Raich

September 23, 2019

The start of another week, and another week where my assumption that we’d started with an IoS reprint proved to be incorrect. Yes, it’s Raich, and yes it’s very straightforward (thankfully in these parts, with a lot of work to be done, and the builders in to make concentrating rather difficult), but it’s actually one of those rare Mondays in the Independent that were as straightforward as you hoped Mondays would be. No less enjoyable for that, as expected from this setter, solved SE to NW in a pretty nifty time, loads of ticks, and only a couple not understood on solving. Chief among these was 14d, which is explained in the comments over on the other side, but also 3d where my ability to miss an answer in plain site remains unsurpassed.

COD? Let’s go with 1ac – “Detestable person – not from modern times (4)”.

To June 2015:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/06/29/independent-8956raich/

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2691 Raich”

  1. Cornick said

    Agreed with gwep in the comments on the other side that the COD parses as ‘not from’ = TO, rather than the whimsical version in Pierre’s blog. That was my LOI actually, and it went in with a slap of the forehead.
    Well judged for a Monday, wasn’t it? Really liked 7d in particular.

  2. batarde said

    Always pleased to see Raich on a Monday, and it was another nicely polished effort as expected. I wasn’t exactly bowled over by “no-frills” in 15d, but that’s a matter of taste and it seemed pretty much flawless otherwise.

    Not sure if this is old news, but for Inquisitor solvers the following appeared before the preamble to Saturday’s Listener: “This is the last Listener crossword by Schadenfreude, who died in February this year”. Alas.

    • jonofwales said

      Very sad news about Schadenfreude. I had heard, but wasn’t sure how many if any puzzles he had in the pipeline.

  3. dtw42 said

    Got most of this polished off happily before work – as above, I too couldn’t parse 14dn. By the time I got into the office it was just 1ac, 1dn, and 2dn left. Too busy to return to it until coming home … those three did give a little pause for pencil-chewing, but they yielded in the end.

    Agreed re ‘not from’ = TO.

    Surely ‘snarl’ is somewhat more actively vicious than ‘grumble’? Hey ho.

  4. wanderlust said

    Also found 1A a bit spurious.
    Re 14d:
    Cleaner (Brush) making Bishop (B) popular (in)

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