i Cryptic Crossword 2749 Anax

November 29, 2019

What is it about crosswords and “ravioli”? It seems to crop up regularly, seemingly with a barely-changed clue. I suppose it makes a change from that other Italian crossword staple, “lasagne”.

This was, to my mind, a fine, absorbing and enjoyable crossword, although a somewhat challenging one. Not because the generality of clues were anything less than fair, but because of elliptical definitions (“See relevant” or “a water feature”, for example) or unfamiliar answers like ORTHOCLASE and OUTLAWRY, and perhaps SASQUATCH.

I could not parse COSTA RICA, but looking at the commentary on Fifteensquared, I think that is me, not the clue. Neither could I see how GRITS works, although that seems to have provoked no comment, so I am probably missing something obvious.

This was a Did Not Finish for me, as FREE at 25d eluded me, as it was one of those annoying four-letter clues with the initial letter not crossing, and too many potential words for me to plough through them and work out the right one.

Clue of the day? Lots of very impressive anagrams, but for neatness alone I propose 26a “One exemplified by ‘good’. (3)”.

To September 2015: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/09/19/independent-9021-by-anax/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2749 Anax”

  1. batarde said

    Superior puzzle, very enjoyable. It’s a pity that Anax is such an infrequent visitor these days, or I think so anyway. 11/14 got three ticks and a guffaw, which is rare praise indeed, and there were plenty of single-tickers. Sterling stuff.

  2. Cornick said

    Really enjoyed this from start to finish.
    Not 100% sure why ‘goes to America’ = gits, is that like ‘Git outa here!’?
    A real kick-myself moment when I saw the punctuation in grape’s. Brilliant!
    Puzzle of the week by a margin.

  3. Cornick said

    Really enjoyed this from start to finish.
    Not 100% sure why ‘goes to America’ = gits, is that like ‘Git outa here!’?
    A real kick-myself moment when I saw the punctuation in grape’s. Brilliant!
    Puzzle of the week by a margin.

    • michaelatcobblerscottage said

      I still don’t get this gits/goes to America thing. In the example you cite, surely that’s a corruption of ‘gets’.

      • batarde said

        “Git along, little dogies”. Think Slim Pickens, or any character from The Dukes of Hazzard. Yes, it’s a corruption, but that’s American English for y’all. 😉

  4. jonofwales said

    Thoroughly enjoyable, and moderately challenging, a good end to the week! A two hour visit from the plumber meant I didn’t get to.solve until quite late, and being Anax I was slightly concerned this might be a monster, but as it turns out it was highly accessible, if finished with a load of question marks at the close. Last in? Yes, 25d.

  5. dtw42 said

    I enjoyed the 3/5 of the upper-right part of the grid, but then needed quite a bit of electronic assistance to finish the 2/5 at lower-left. I think it would have taken me a long time to unscramble a 22-letter anagram, TBH.
    28ac would be my COD, though, just because of wording that felt so natural as to NOT shout “look here for anagram fodder!”

  6. allan_c said

    Fairly easy for Anax, I thought – but I see I solved it first time around so maybe it was all there in the subconscious. A pleasant solve, anyway

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