i Cryptic Crossword 2729 Crosophile

November 6, 2019

A much gentler offering today that I suspect will be better received than recent puzzles. The wordplay in one or two eluded me, notably at 8d and 19ac, both of which in retrospect are very good clues, and we have quite the obscurity at 22ac which wasn’t ARSENIC no matter how hard I tried to cram that answer in there. Finish time under par for the i, though with my brain frazzled following this morning’s washing machine installation. This took the whole of the surprisingly lengthy window of 8-9 AM utilising the talents of two “professional installers” who announced they were giving up several times, cancelling the installation once before giving it “one last go”. One subsequently required first aid attention following pleas to my non-existent plumbing skills. In other words I claim a handicap.

COD? I’ll go with the aforementioned 8d – “All who might deserve favours if good when embracing daughter? (9)”.

To September 2015:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/09/14/independent-9022-by-crosophile/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2729 Crosophile”

  1. batarde said

    That’s a pretty persuasive statement in mitigation, Jon, and anyway I’ve a strong suspicion that you’ll have been quicker than me. All I had to contend with was James Cleverly in my ear. Considerably more enjoyable than expected from a setter who often rubs me up the wrong way; in fact just the sort of thing one would hope for on a Wednesday in the absence of Dac. No problem with the poison, which is what turned Arachne into a spider if memory serves. That aside it’s all rather savoury today, and saucy too.

  2. Topsy said

    Now that kind of saucy was more to my liking!

  3. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I’m another one who over-confidently entered “arsenic” at 22a. I had the A from BOMBASTIC and put it in on the grounds that it’s a seven-letter poison beginning with A and seemed to be some kind of anagram of an and ice and something else, and I thought I would go back and sort it out later. ACONITE itself I was aware of, so just lazy solving on my part.

    Otherwise a bit of a romp, and a welcome relief after previous trials. One or two where I had to pause over the wordplay for a while, but nothing impenetrable. I’d not known that YUCCAS were also known as Spanish Daggers, but I had little doubt that Google would confirm my guess. Completed in much less thsn my typical hour.

    Even I spotted the ghost theme today. I hope ACONITE wasn’t part of it.

  4. Cornick said

    A nice sprinkling of the innovative from Crosophile – but not so much as to make it impenetrable, so a well-judged offering all told with a theme spotted early on that certainly helped.
    No-one else has mentioned it, so maybe it’s my grammar at fault, but doesn’t 14d ‘Like an eel’ clue ‘evasive’ rather than ‘evasively’ (done like an eel)?

    • batarde said

      I thought that, then had a rethink. Seems to me that it can be either an adjectival or adverbial phrase depending on syntax. Consider: “Mr Gove is like an eel”, ie. he’s evasive. Conversely, “Mr Gove avoided answering the question like an eel”, ie, he spoke evasively. No offence intended towards eels, of course.

  5. The tortoise vm said

    Well done crosophile, although I only managed half in my allotted time, it was a good gettable puzzle,

  6. dtw42 said

    Yus, pretty much as everyone has said above. Another day off here so 3/5 of this was solved over breakfast and then the rest at lunchtime after binge-watching the last 3 episodes of Good Omens on DVD. 22ac was my LOI (I fortunately wasn’t tempted by arsenic, having got the E from 21dn fairly early). What Michael said, re the yuccas.

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