i Cryptic Crossword 2722 Radian

October 29, 2019

A trip down memory lane for today’s picture hint – I sort of miss him nowadays.

Some weeks ago I unwisely said that Radian’s puzzles on a Tuesday are generally an easy ride. This one … maybe not so much. For one thing the theme is rather nebulous and doesn’t offer a great deal of help, and generally speaking the clues do seem a notch or two more difficult than we’ve come to expect. Or maybe it’s just the on-again-off-again broadband issues which have been driving me to distraction. At any rate, a bit of a slog by my reckoning, with the right hand side and in particular the NE corner slowing things right down.

Once again there’s an American idiom to contend with at 21d, which never goes down terribly well here, but that aside I have no complaints and everything seems to work nicely. Worryingly my first in was the excellent long anagram across the middle, and progress was frankly pitiful until I got to the downs. Or Downs. Well constructed clues abound – 5, 9, 19 and 25 for instance – but for me there were only two which really jumped out. 21ac raised a smile, but my COD and last one in is 10ac:

“Hit, he departs, sulking (5)”

For explanations and analysis courtesy of Bertandjoyce, please click here for the August 2015 Fifteensquared write-up.

11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2722 Radian”

  1. Topsy said

    Managed to finish this one but only with a fair bit of help. I know I shouldn’t grump but I found some of the clueing a bit irritating. Never mind. It’s done 😀

  2. wanderlust said

    Thoroughly enjoyed that especially 16A (my FOI as I usually start with a quick sprint through but tend to linger over obvious anagrams) 24A, 5D and 18D. Guessed at Egger and TBH I didn’t know it until checking answers with the blog.

  3. wanderlust said

    Having just looked up “egger” the definition appears to be “a collector of bird’s eggs” whereas the moth is spelt “eggAr” so it’s a bit naughty if true.

  4. jonofwales said

    Finished in good time, but loads went in with little understanding of what was going on, based on probable definition and a well flagged theme. The SE corner was the last to fall, held up in large part by the fairly obscure 21d.

  5. dtw42 said

    Hmm, middling experience here; 12ac and 21dn were the ones that I put in without being able to unpick the bits, and two separate aspects of 11ac were unfamiliar.

    • Cornick said

      Yes, TOW for fibres I should have said was new to me too. TOWN GAS only dimly remembered. Arachne’s injunction springs to mind.

      • batarde said

        TOW was an eyebrow raiser, but luckily I have an interest in pangrams (the non-cruciverbal sort). This one is a well known 19th century penman’s exercise from America:

        John quickly extemporized five tow bags.

      • Cornick said

        Courtesy of the McWhirter twins: ‘Fjord Cwm bank’s glyph vext quiz’, where a quiz is an expert and vext passes for vexed.
        The first 26-letters one I met so it’ll always stay with me!

  6. Cornick said

    Slower than average here – even for a Radian.
    Only guessed the theme after solving when I went looking; during the solve I was half expecting it to be lots of W’s, reflecting the black W’s in the grid pattern – but no.
    Couple of new things today – a kind of moth and a bit of American slang – didn’t like those much. But a good puzzle overall, excellent in parts. My favourite was 19a ST(R)AGG(L)ER.

  7. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Quite a tough one. I finished it in the end but I had to do it in two bites and I could have benefited from a lie-down in a darkened room in between…

    All done on the end but quite a few not properly parsed or understood. First in was the impresive anagram WASTE NOT WANT NOT and last one in was the unparsed by me THUMP.

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