i Cryptic Crossword 2721 Lohengrin

October 28, 2019

The observant among you will remember that I’ve got a day off work today. So, a nice relaxing day reading a book, watching a film, going for a walk in the unaccustomed sunshine? Well, no, I’m taking the youngest two to see the orthodontist and then painting a bedroom. Plus ça change.

Anyway, we start the week with not only an IoS reprint, but also one that is a debut in both papers, I think, from Lohengrin. For the most part this felt like the usual Monday fare, but there were certainly one or two that were on another level and perhaps suited to a different spot. Yes, I’m looking at you, 14ac and 2d. I suspect this is just a new setter finding their feet, and overall first impressions are good, so welcome, Lohengrin.

The odd issues here and there meant I finished unexpectedly above par for the i with a few question marks but also lots of ticks, so for me a tricky start to the week. But let me know how you got on…

COD? I’ll go with the nice and succinct 10ac – “Cell willing to exterminate leaders (6)”.

To August 2015:


7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2721 Lohengrin”

  1. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Thoroughly enjoyable. A very welcome debut.

    Perhaps it’s that wavelength thing again, but I found this to be on the easy side, finishing it in less than half my typical hour. First one on was 1a, and then I worked more or less systematically anti-clockwise, finishing with GAMETE in the top right as my last one in.

    Only a couple of very minor queries: I needed to check USAGE on google, and I wondered what the “house” was doing in 5a – surely a rave isn’t the same as a house party, is it? I did raise an eyebrow at 14a; “ferment” for “unrest” is fine, but FERMENTATION didn’t seem quite right, although it was pretty clear what it was meant to be.

    Lots to like, especially SEANCE and ESPRESSO, but my favourite was ABACI.

  2. Cornick said

    I quickly came to the view that we were in safe hands today – an excellent debut and pitched pretty much in the middle of the difficulty range for the i I’d say, although that might be affected by getting used to a new style.
    Actually I think Lohengrin has appeared on Alberich’s site before – another Wagnerite it seems.
    Really liked 7d and the straight cryptic 17d, but my favourite was the &Lit at 3d. Excellent.
    Despite agreeing with the setter (in the Fifteensquared comments) that the clue for SEANCE was a bit iffy, I’ll very much look forward to his next appearance.

  3. Topsy said

    Might be wrong but I took “house” to be House Music which was played at raves. Not that I have ever been to a rave! I found this one tricky but not irritating like some. Look forward to the next one!

  4. batarde said

    Ah Lohengrin, that fine Wagnerian anagram. He’s very welcome on this showing (assuming that “he” is the appropriate pronoun – there’s no bio on 15²), and whilst there were a few quibbles I don’t feel like mentioning them on his first outing in the i. Took a bit longer than expected for a Monday, but no references required and it was rather a fun crossword to solve with some neat touches. 3d stands out for me too.

  5. dtw42 said

    Right … I got three or four in before work (1ac was a nice gentle start) and then a day too busy to revisit this until teatime. Whereupon I made slow progress, finding much of it quite difficult (especially the NW corner, where I ended with 12ac). As Michael said: wavelength, I think: it just took me a while to get on Lohengrin’s. Each one seemed fair enough once I had managed to unpick it. Like several others, the only one I pencilled in unparsed was 20dn.

    17dn got a “groan” comment, but then, on reflection, a tick.

  6. allan_c said

    I obviously did this one when it appeared back in 2015 but it rang no bells and I struggled with it – but did finish . And I didn’t remember the setter, either – a quick search on 15squared shows that he/she appeared fairly regularly for about a year after that debut but hasn’t appeared since – at least not in publications blogged on 15^2.
    As to the puzzle, I liked GAMETE, CURATE and AIRFIELD.

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