i Cryptic Crossword 2786 Nitsy

January 13, 2020

Lunchtime having evaporated in a haze of work meetings, and thus an early morning solve being in order, I was first of all:

  1. A bit concerned that if I remembered rightly Nitsy could sometimes be on the tricky side.
  2. Then relieved that this was evidently not at all on the tricky side.
  3. 16d on trying to persuade the oldest to get out of bed and out of the 3ac in time for his driving lesson.

Happy Monday, Jon.

The only hold ups were 18d where I initially lobbed in another bird starting PEA, and, yes, 9d at the close which seemed to come from a different puzzle altogether. One where you most definitely needed to trust the wordplay and hopefully had a dictionary to hand.

So on with the day, a thoroughly good start to it having been supplied courtesy of Nitsy. A suitably gentle introduction to the working week.

COD? Lots to like, with the &lit at 22d in particular raising a smile – “Place in which you’ll see termination of Roman? (5)”.

To August 2015:


16 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2786 Nitsy”

  1. Topsy said

    I, too, was worried that it was going to be a toughie but the majority went in quickly. A careless error with 8d (c not a) meant I failed with 25a. My only teensy quibble is that I felt the clueing for 24a wasn’t good. I would hardly equate the answer with passion. Btw, I hope you don’t have a daughter who is a 1a to add to your stress, Jon!

    • jonofwales said

      I have twin daughters who give me no end of stress as well as joy. 🙂

    • michaelatcobblerscottage said

      I think you have a point. It’s “hot-blooded” for passionate, rather than merely “warm”, isn’t it?

      • batarde said

        It struck me as curiously old fashioned rather than wrong, “warm” having had a meaning along the lines of “indignant to the point of being just about ready to engage in fisticuffs” in the late 1800s.

  2. dtw42 said

    Agreed re 9dn being the outlier here – it was my LOI and actually relied on me looking up ‘silk’ in Bradfords.
    The defs of 10ac and 8dn were a bit “dead-giveaway-ish” weren’t they?

  3. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    FAILLE certainly did seem out of place in this otherwise very accessible crossword and was the only one I needed to check up on; as Jon said it was one for trusting in the wordplay.

    I too was apprehensive on seeing it was by Nitsy, and thought for a moment that I was on form – until rapidly coming to the conclusion that actually Nitsy had set a very easy one! (Yes, I agree, Dtw42, some clues really were giveaways.)

  4. sprouthater said

    I had reservations about 24ac but a quick check in the dictionary showed it to be correct. LOI 9dn. My pick for COD 18dn because its a Hom that works which makes a change.

  5. Cornick said

    Well that was all jolly enough. My favourite might well have been the clue for VAPID at 2d – but then again that could have been just because it was the clue I read as I sat back in my favourite crosswording chair and took my first sip of coffee – who knows?

    After you’ve finished tomorrow’s i crossword and looked at Batarde’s review thereof, do feel free to check out the Indy online, where I’ve got a puzzle published under the name of Maize, should you have an appetite for it.

  6. batarde said

    Agreed with dtw42 that there were a few which weren’t so much low hanging fruit as windfalls, but by and large it was a perky puzzle which was fun while it lasted. I suspect Nitsy might have found himself in a bit of a pickle with 9d, hence the out of place sort of word.

    • Cornick said

      I thought that, but he could have had ESTATES at 13a, perhaps, and any number of entries like NAPLES or whatever at 9d. Maybe he didn’t want to use a plural, or maybe he has a fondness for certain fabrics.

  7. New word of the day: “a soft, light-woven fabric having a ribbed texture, originally of silk.”

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