i Cryptic Crossword 2745 Nitsy

November 25, 2019

An IoS reprint to start the week that was for the most part pretty straightforward, though I did get a little stuck in the SW corner, spending perhaps half my solving time there. 24ac was the main problem – the use of “champion” is common in Welsh speaking areas, so I was aware of it, but struggled badly with the parsing, and wanted the answer to be a fish 😉 . As it turns out there is a fish I wasn’t aware of involved in the wordplay which is referenced in Chambers, despite Pierre’s note on the other side. Once that fell, and I finally kicked my brain into gear regarding 26ac, so did the rest.

There seems to have been some disgruntlement over on Fifteensquared, but I must say that I quite enjoyed this, with a higher than average number of ticks for an IoS reprint. 19d was at the fore of those not COD, which for me went to 21ac – “Worse number? Anything that is by Queen (9)”, which again Pierre didn’t like, so we seem to be at odds today.

First in 22d, because that’s where I started, last in the aforementioned 26ac, finish time about par for the i.

And now I must dash, because an electrician is about to call, the extractor fan having had the poor grace to bite the dust during the middle of Strictly Saturday evening.

To September 2015:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/09/20/independent-on-sunday-1334nitsy/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2745 Nitsy”

  1. batarde said

    Quirky in places and enjoyable throughout, I thought. Pierre appears to have fallen out of bed on the wrong side on this occasion – the things he notes struck me as sly rather than unfair.

  2. Cornick said

    90% of that had a Dac-like elegance about it, so it seems churlish not to be generous about the few bits which maybe didn’t.
    My only QM at the end was with ‘rolled’ in 22d, which I took at the time to be a containment indicator, but no, apparently it means ‘make an anagram of’. Oh well. If you say so.

  3. dtw42 said

    Managed 85% of this quite happily but also got a bit stuck in the SW corner.

    Don’t like ‘consume’=SPEND; don’t like ‘shift’=EAT; don’t like ‘rogues’=LICE; don’t much like ‘steep’=BATHE; don’t like ‘stuck’ for container. ‘fish’=ID was new to me (like Pierre, I was only familiar with IDE). Hey ho. Perhaps I fell out of bed the wrong side too.

  4. Tortoise VM said

    Apart for half a dozen clues, most of this puzzle went over my head, same old, professional solvers only,

  5. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Another evening solve , so as ever I wondered whether it was the crossword, one too many gins or general tiredness. I found this a bit tricky, but completed it in not much more than an hour.

    A few queries / raised eyebrows: STRADDLE being defined by “hedge”; LIC(E) from “rogues”; ID as “fish”; the rolling anagrind in HINGE.

    • jonofwales said

      Somebody might hedge their bets?

      • batarde said

        My thinking was the same as far as it went, but it turns out that in stock market parlance there’s a transaction called a straddle which is literally a financial hedge. My guess, however, is that both words carry a sense of being noncommittal and that’s all there is to it.

        I thought the “rolling” was a containment indicator, which is equally peculiar. The thought of Amanda Barrie rolled up in the carpet in “Carry On Cleo” was sufficient justification for me, but your mileage and cultural references may vary. 😉

      • michaelatcobblerscottage said

        Hmm… I grudgingly concede. 🙂

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