i Cryptic Crossword 2807 Poins

February 6, 2020

Thursdays in the i at the moment seem to veer between the very difficult – often an Independent Thursday reprint, or the very easy – often being an IoS reprint. The latter is what we have today, much to my surprise, and while this wasn’t quite as rapid a solve as yesterday, it was still very much on the gentle side of things. The SW corner held me up for a little while, 24ac being a bit tricky to un-pick, especially when you’re uncertain where the definition lies, and to the NE the composer was new though could be nothing else.

Elsewhere progress was largely unimpeded with much to appreciate. 8d was a surface smooth enough to be worthy of our regular Wednesday setter, and at 1ac I appreciated “Tar” for once being the definition rather than a stock bit of wordplay. No fireworks, perhaps, but just a good enjoyable offering. Is that dissent I hear from some quarters though? 🙂

COD? I’ll go with 19d – “Organ recital’s conclusion meets with exclamations of disgust and approval! (7)”.

To September 2015:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2807 Poins”

  1. Topsy said

    Several answers went in very quickly and I was pleased with myself but I am afraid I am with Dormouse on the other side and couldn’t get a single answer in the SW corner. Both 13a and 19d made me smile 😀

  2. batarde said

    Ordinarily mine would be the dissenting voice since Poins and I do not usually get along, but this was pretty entertaining in its undemanding way. 8 and 19 are the two that caught my eye too. With apologies to our Friday blogger, I’m hoping for something a little crunchier tomorrow.

  3. saboteur said

    Yes, a fairly straightforward solve, although I too had to put in a bit more effort in the SW corner. In particular, I struggled get the word-play for SORT OUT. Pleasant enough while it lasted.

  4. Cornick said

    Lulled into a false over-confidence, I bunged in ‘Astaire’ as the performer at 18d. Yes I know it doesn’t fit the anagram fodder, but it’s been a long day, all right?
    .Anyhow, that problem aside there were some nice clues today – although I will never be entirely happy with connecting words like ‘when’ or ‘of’ being used as they were in 1d and 17a respectively.

  5. dtw42 said

    Chalk me up as another who, after breezing through most of it, slowed to a crawl in the SW corner. In fact I admit to failing on 16ac altogether (16dn was my LOI).
    10ac I rather liked.
    2dn was a little unsatisfactory, having ‘son’ in the clue and then also in the answer.

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