i Cryptic Crossword 2751 Daedalus

December 2, 2019

I must admit that when I spotted the setter’s name I was a little concerned we were going to get something much trickier than we’re accustomed to / up to solving of a Monday, but I found this IoS reprint to be pretty accessible, finished easily under par for the i. A couple had question marks beside them at the close, admittedly, notably 7d which I took one look at and decided – I’m not even going to even try and unpick that, given how likely the correct answer looked. But elsewhere there were loads of toeholds into the grid, and a nice sprinkling of easy anagrams. Just the one unknown (for me at least), at 21ac, lots of ticks, so as it turns out an enjoyable, not-too-challenging start to the week. But let me know how you got on.

COD? I’ll go with 21d – “She doubts motives shown when niceness follows intimacy (5)”.

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10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2751 Daedalus”

  1. batarde said

    I got on pretty well, thank you Jon, but have my doubts whether 7d really works. Full marks to Daedalus for attempting something different, anyway. A speedy solve and an entertaining one. Did anyone else speed-read 13ac and assume that the chimney would be a “lum”, as in “luminesce”?

  2. Topsy said

    “Quirky” indeed (not the word I used). To whinge again, I find the alien and drug references too 26a for my liking. 21a was a write in for me as it was a phrase my dear old Pa used to use about any of my boyfriends to whom he took a dislike. Is it just me or did anyone think that 25a was a weak clue? Having said all that, I managed to finish this one without too much trouble 😀

  3. dtw42 said

    Agreed with the above comments – I notched up a reasonable enough solve time; jumping around the grid a lot, as is my wont. I too roll my eyes a little at drug refs, though I think the alien is fine (if a little 26ac). I also had no idea what was going on at 7dn, though it was easy enough from the def and T_U_Y, and didn’t think much of 25ac. On the other hand I agree with the COD status of the – what would we call it? “split hidden”? – of 21ac; and rather liked 16dn too.

  4. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Much more accessible than I had feared, and nicely enjoyable. Last three in were the interlocking BOYFRIEND, YOUTUBE and TRULY. I wasn’t sure about “fiend” for “buff”, but I suppose they are both “expert”. The parsing of TRULY was tantalisingly just out of reach, but I could sort of see where we were supposed to be going. I didn’t think much of 25a, either.

  5. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    No, but I carelessly entered “flouresce” by mistake until my 2d LIGHTBULB moment.🙂

  6. sprouthater said

    Easy enough to solve but the parsing of 7dn along with the setters explanation lost me. 7dn, 21dn, 24ac, and 25ac all seemed to me that the setter was trying a bit too hard. Some unusual anagrids added a little something to the solve. Drugs, football and foreign languages should be banished from all puzzles 😁

  7. Cornick said

    Agreement with Jon from me. Certainly I gave up on the parsing of 7d, though it had to be, of course.
    Agreed too on COD, though I actually rather liked the Mandela clue at 25a.

    I think I’ve got one of mine in the Indy on line tomorrow, just in case you finish the i early.

  8. Grodnik said

    I must be getting better at cruciverbalism (see my earlier posts) as I found this pretty easy, although some of the parsing was a little exotic. Having spent innumerable hours as a post-doc making measurements with a fluorimeter there was no chance of an incorrect spelling of 13 ac. My favourite clue was 16dn, beautifully constructed.

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