i Cryptic Crossword 2813 Hoskins

February 13, 2020

Another puzzle I fear will be a little contentious, your enjoyment value depending on how much you appreciate a little smut in your crossword, and how much you enjoy IoS reprints. It’s Hoskins, so regarding the former you know what you’re getting, and regarding the latter – yes, I enjoy these lighter offerings too, though I fear Pierre is correct in his criticism over on the other side regarding some of the surface readings. I nipped through this in next to no time at all, anyway, and must admit to the occasional wry smile. I didn’t know the vegetable, or a couple of the beasts in the SE and NW corners, but they could be little else and were all fairly clued. In other words a big thumbs up here.

COD? It’s got to be 22d, hasn’t it? “Result of sex being banned from bathroom? (5).

Over to November 2015 when, if I remember rightly, my kitchen was at that particular phase of refurbishment where the old one is being torn out messily piece by piece. Happy days.

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/11/15/independent-on-sunday-1342hoskins/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2813 Hoskins”

  1. batarde said

    Didn’t make much of an impression on me, I’m afraid, except for an abiding impression that many of the clues were written in broad crosswordese. There’s a whiff of Rookies’ Corner about this one.

  2. saboteur said

    I’m sorry to say I found solving this a bit of a joyless experience. A bit too easy – which I don’t object to – but for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I felt no enjoyment in the solve, unlike, for example, when one solves an accessible Dac.

    Never heard of SEA BEAR or YARD LONG BEAN. ROTOR as a synonym for “eddy”? Really? And is GO ABOUT a thing?

  3. sprouthater said

    I do the IOS puzzles most Sundays and find Hoskins clue writing to be quite inconsistent, varying between the brilliant and the awful. Today it was 7dn that stood out as excellent with 22dn a close second the rest didn’t really do much for me.

  4. dtw42 said

    Pretty much what Saboteur said. Finally a day where I had a chance to glance at the crossword while at work; it all went in smoothly enough but with no particular marginal annotations, positive or negative. The only thing I wrote was “wot, no carthorse?” next to 15dn. I too had never heard of the ‘sea bear’ or the ‘yard-long bean’, was puzzled by the def of ‘rotor’, and wrinkled my nose a little at ‘go about’.

  5. Cornick said

    Yard-long beans and sea bears are both very familiar from work. Sea bears are those incredible tardigrade creatures – very small – capable of surviving nuclear winters that would kill off the hardiest cockroach.
    Hoskins is a super-talented setter, and one we’ll be seeing a lot of in coming years but imo these early puzzles of his sometimes suffer from the affliction of all but the very best full-time professional setters whereby the clues can read like first drafts that would have better surface readings if they’d been worked on for longer.

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