i Cryptic Crossword 2775 Eimrod

December 31, 2019

In which we first of all note with thanks the festive theme, and secondly play guess the setter. As I struggled with the downs, my FOI having started at 26d being a somewhat alarming 2d, and that I struggled in particular in the SE corner having found other quarters to be somewhat of a breeze I have my suspicions, but given a dismal guess in last week’s Inquisitor (for more see the post below this one), I’m not going to commit the proverbial pen to paper.

Lots of fun throughout, with some toasts that were perhaps better known than others, with 15ac in particular being one that needed a trip to Google and then some after. The noted New Year’s performer was less than noted in these parts, though gettable, sort of, even if I drew the bar in the wrong place thus making my life somewhat more difficult than it needed to be. And, oh yes in common with others over on the other side I initially assumed that 30ac began with GOOD, only to find that, well, it didn’t.

A lovely puzzle nevertheless that was the right side of challenging for the day.

In case you were wondering where Batarde is today, he’s somewhat under the weather, so best wishes for a swift recovery. I’ll be publishing his analysis of the year’s themes (including today’s) together with my review of the year tomorrow, should I get a chance to collate during the evening’s celebrations. Blame any errors on the cans of Rev James and bottles of Scotch lurking in the cupboard.

So it’s just left to me to wish you all a Happy New Year, in particular to all our bloggers, past and present, the contributors to the comments section whose insights and general chit-chat are always appreciated, our guest puzzle setters, and all you lurkers out there. ๐Ÿ™‚

COD? Let’s go with 18d on a day when there were many to choose from – “It perhaps runs one out of estuary (8)”.

To a New Year’s Eve many moons ago:


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2775 Eimrod”

  1. dtw42 said

    I initially thought I was going to struggle, seeing all the cross-references to 12 and not being immediately able to see that one. But solving 26dn made the penny drop for 30ac and that in turn cleared up the theme.
    15ac I was okay with, not through any cultural knowledge but only though owning the ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ soundtrack, which contains a track ‘Jewish Wedding Song: Trinkt Le Chaim’. The things that come in useful, eh?
    On the other hand, I didn’t know of the particular meaning used for 13dn, so by the time enough crossers went in that it couldn’t be anything else, a trip to the dictionary was in order.
    3dn with a T in it still looks weird to me, but hey ho.
    28ac garnered a “haha” annotation; he is a bit cheesy.

    Happy new year everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Topsy said

    On first glance I thought I would never get anywhere so I popped away and did the jigsawdoku. On my return my first one in was 28a which made me smile because I watched a concert of his only last night. That gave me 18d and I had a light bulb moment for 12a. I fell for 30a as well so sadly it was a DNF for me. Never mind, it was thoroughly enjoyable!! Thanks to all the bloggers and the setters (even the ones that grumpify me) and I wish everyone 1a and look forward to new challenges and good eyesight in the coming year. Best wishes Topsy x

  3. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Good fun, and most apt for the time of year!

    I too thought I would struggle with this, on my initial read-through, but once I got the gateway clue it all fell into place very nicely, and very enjoyably. Some parsing eluded me, particularly RING IN THE NEW. I had to go to google to check a few things, and my life has been enhanced by my newly-found knowledge of Latvian footballers and plates for browning meat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    All good wishes for the coming year to everyone, and especially to Batarde.

  4. The tortoise VM said

    Another load of gobbledegook, roll on 2020 letโ€™s hope we get some puzzles for everyone ,
    not just for the specialists.

  5. sprouthater said

    Started off with 1ac and most of the top half was done pretty quickly, the lower portion took a bit more thought and a bit of checking. I see we have both Prost and Lauda at 24 and 25ac.
    LOI 5dn it’s just wrong, a porter isn’t a brown bitter.

    Happy New Year๐Ÿบ

  6. New word for today: 13d “a metal plate heated and placed over food to brown it.” Really?

  7. Oh… and did any one notice the similarity between 1a in the “five clue cryptic” today bears a remarkable similarity to 12a?

  8. Topsy said

    Oh Tortoise, it wasn’t that bad!! At first glance impenetrable but worthwhile with a bit of effort. I loathe smartass puzzles but this one was worth it. Happy New Year to you all. A votre bon sante!!

  9. Jimbo said

    Agreed Tortoise. Whilst I appreciate the sentiment of the theme, and wish all a HNY, I had much frownage; mostly centred around the middle and the bottom right of the unfriendly grid. Lots of big X’s (especially 14) with just a few ticks.

  10. allan_c said

    I see from the 15^2 blog that I did this the first time around; something must have stuck in the memory because I put in the HEALTH part of 30ac but left the first bit open till 13dn indicated the correct solution. On the other hand I didn’t remember 15ac and without recourse to aids put in ‘ichalm’ which looked plausible (and actually only needed the i and the l swapping places).
    All good fun, though.
    And a Happy New Year to one and all!

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