i Cryptic Crossword 2760 Hypnos

December 12, 2019

Our second IoS reprint of the week comes courtesy of Hypnos. A little trickier than par for such puzzles, perhaps, I was surprised at the close to finish about par for the i having felt that I struggled throughout, solving in fits and starts. Perhaps a pretty rotten night’s sleep is to blame, or having a lot of other things I should really be getting on with. 4d in particular caused issues – I needed all the checking letters to complete, and then had to refer to Fifteensquared for the parsing. 7d I’m unconvinced by – the UN bit doesn’t really work for me, but your mileage may vary. Elsewhere everything was understood and enjoyed.

COD? 15d – “Criminal fellow restricted by tight pledges for repayment (9)”.

And now for lunch, and to vote, which I would urge you all to do no matter which party you support, or if you support none at all.

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2760 Hypnos”

  1. batarde said

    Nope, not all that keen on 7d either, but the rest of the puzzle was pretty spiffy. Never heard of the game in 24ac, although the solution was hardly going to be anything else, so in it went with a shrug. I did like 4d rather a lot, composed as it of crossword cliches but reading very nicely.

    Some of us, of course, live in constituencies where a pig wearing the right coloured rosette would be duly returned every time – but as my mum used to say you have to vote if you want the right to moan about swinish behaviour.

  2. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    What Batarde said, really. 7d seemed to have something missing and 24a perfectly gettable but put in without knowing the game.

    Otherwise no complaints from me; finished in only a little over my typical time.

  3. Cornick said

    A puzzle where I started, after 10d in one corner, did that, then another corner, and so on. Liked 4d plenty – maybe included because he sometimes writes in the genre known as a ‘puzzle novel’ – but had a couple of QMs at the end with Crambo and UN button, which seemed too weak to be right.
    For the first time in my life I did a vote swap with someone in a different constituency today; probably need to think some more about whether that’s actually morally okay or not before I do so again!

  4. Cornick said

    Just in case you don’t usually do it, today’s concise crossword is recommended. 🙂

    • jonofwales said

      I always solve the concise, and I didn’t notice until your hint above. Shows how observant I am!

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