i Cryptic Crossword 2724 Morph

October 31, 2019

It’s that time of year again when I’m going to have to trudge through the streets in the cold and rain with the youngest two 4d. So today being the 31st is very much on my mind, and I half expected a theme. But do we have one? Well no, not really, just a few references here and there to mark in a low key fashion what used to be a low-key day towards the end of Autumn but which seems to be getting seriously out of hand. On the other hand Film 4 have got a cracking series of horror films on this week…

The puzzle itself was quite tricky, finished considerably over par for the i, and more importantly after failing to solve the first 17 clues I had a look at, at which point I started to get a little alarmed. To be able to find a Fifteensquared link I first need to solve a single clue. 🙂 That first one in? Right in the middle, at 17ac, from which point on the grid filled slowly clockwise, sort of, from the SE, though my last two in were at 1ac and 2d, both of which seem obvious in retrospect. Perhaps I should have had a coffee before rather than after solving.

Loads not understood on solving too, so an evident struggle, though as enjoyable as Morph always is.

At which point I should probably go and eat, it being lunchtime.

COD? I’ll go with 13ac, appropriately enough, which I thought was very nicely done – “As for addiction, kick it here (5)”.

To an All Hallows Eve long ago:


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2724 Morph”

  1. batarde said

    Steady away, as expected with Morph. Quite challenging, but no cheating required – just a lot of gazing into the middle distance at nothing in particular waiting for the penny to drop. Lots to like of which my favourite was 3d, perfectly straightforward in retrospect.

  2. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Another put-it-down-and-pick-it-up-again-after-a-lie-down-in-a-darkened-room sort of crossword for me.

    Th I took me quite a long time and, apropos Cornick’s hierarchy of cheating, I did need to resort to help and ended up trawling through lists trying to convince myself that such-and-such a word must be right.

    Quite a few I could not parse, notably KNAVERY, TRICK OR TREATING, BOLLYWOOD and PEBBLY, although I have to concede after looking on Fifteensquared that they were exactly, if to me impenetrably, clued.

    Like Jon, my first in was RESETTLE, and I worked erratically and unsteadily outwards thereafter.

    I did get a sense of satisfaction in actually completing what I found to be a very challenging puzzle, but I needed too much e-help for it to be a truly rewarding solve.

  3. Cornick said

    Well I did have to mak one check in the dictionary, for GURNARD, because fish are one of my several blindspots, but otherwise all went in by dint of brow-knitting. A weird solve really because I was immensely slow to get the first half a dozen and feeling decidedly dim, then with Gurnard confirmed and a tentative guess at BOLLYWOOD (without fully understanding why), suddenly the rest of the puzzle fairly flew in. LOI 9a because those short double defs are another blindspot.
    Loved the COD and 3d too, but my COD would have to be 19a; to see BANGER reversed in the solution and then write that little story was tremendous.

  4. dtw42 said

    Just finished this (7.50pm). Phew. Quite a bit of flicking through Bradfords required here, but no electronic word-listing (came close to resorting to that two or three times, though). Chalk me up as another for whom BOLLYWOOD went in unparsed (I had to wait a long time to get 13ac in so I could pick one of three possible ’ollywoods to go in there).

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