i Cryptic Crossword 2796 Alchemi

January 24, 2020

Pangrams two days running!

A thoroughly enjoyable crossword with a nice mix of straightforward clues and a few demanding a bit more imagination from the solver. A good work-out, solved in a little under my average time.

SQUEAKS eluded me for a while, until I realised we had a pangram, and COOPERATE also had me scratching my head; speaking for myself, I think I would have hyphenated this.

Lots to enjoy. I don’t usually warm to Spoonerisms, but RATIONAL NUMBERS did make me smile, and I did wonder at one point whether a spoonerised “Rumbers” would be crossing with a straightforward “rumba”. But no.

Clue of the day has to go to the very imaginative 26a; a clue where the arithmetic was nicely central to the parsing. “County worked out 98% reduction in the end. (6).”

August 2015 for its first appearance: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/08/24/independent-9004-by-alchemi/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2796 Alchemi”

  1. jonofwales said

    Ooh, I’m late solving today and still first to comment. Presumably everyone else has been equally busy. An enjoyable solve I thought, not overly taxing, though I must admit to lobbing quite a few in without worrying overly about the wordplay. Ticks here too beside 7d and 26ac. A good end to the working week!

  2. batarde said

    Must’ve been a good ‘un because were all singling out different clues for praise. 16, 22 and especially 15 in my case. As usual Alchemi gives us a nice entertaining mix.

    By the by, is anybody else as exasperated by the tautologous phrase at 1ac as I am? What else is one supposed to use … the bonnet of a pickup truck parked in Death Valley? My apologies, bit of a bugbear. 🙂

    • michaelatcobblerscottage said

      Indeed. When we eat out my family dread seeing “pan-fried” and “sea bass” on the menu, shuddering in anticipation of my asking how else they would be frying it (in a kettle?) or whether such a fish as “land bass” exists.

      • Alchemi said

        “Pan-fried” meaning “shallow-fried” is a bit stupid. “Sea bass” indicating the pleasant-tasting saltwater fish rather than “bass”, indicating the freshwater fish which tastes (at best) of mud is not stupid at all, unlike asking about “land bass”, which is obviously dimwitted.

      • michaelatcobblerscottage said

        Thanks for showing up, Alchemi! My tongue is firmly in my cheek when I opine about the pretentiousness of menu-speak, mainly so as not to disappoint, and meet my family’s expectations of me. Either that, or I really am dimwitted. 🙂

      • batarde said

        Not just me then …

        Nice to see you again, Alchemi – always heartening when a setter puts in an appearance.

  3. dtw42 said

    A game of two … well, unequal parts for me. ¾ of it was polished off by 7.55am over the breakfast table, and jolly enjoyable. That left just the SW corner. Then off to work, and again not a chance to revisit it until evening. At which point the SW corner proved considerably more stubborn and I had to fire up a wordfinder for a couple. My last two in were 22ac and then 19dn.
    I *do* like a spoonerism clue (currently making my way through Ashley ‘Boatman’ Knowles’ book, and it looks as though he likes ’em too as most puzzles so far have one in): they usually raise a chuckle when unpicked; so 7dn got a smile and a tick.

  4. Cornick said

    Excellent crossword from Alchemi with tons of variety.
    Loads to like and probably my favourite if his in the i so far.

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