i Cryptic Crossword 2822 Poins

February 24, 2020

Rather unexpectedly we have an IoS reprint to start the week, because it feels like an age since we’ve done so. An odd puzzle, in that I finished well under par for the i as expected, but rather than racing through it felt like careful deliberation was the order of the day, especially down in the SE corner. No hold ups as such, apart from 8d which for some reason took me a while to spot, but no sense of this being a write-in either. Nothing that was controversial, though I’m guessing there were tuts in some quarters on entering 4ac, and no fireworks either which again is par for the course. Just a good, solid, enjoyable start to the week.

COD? I’ll go with 11ac – “Vogue article featuring northern Italian city (6)”.

To November 2015 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2822 Poins”

  1. saboteur said

    Agreed. A pleasant enough crossword with nothing particularly controversial or

  2. saboteur said

    …puzzling; a nice start to the week. No problems in the SE for me – it was the NE corner where I was slowest. I struggled with the parsing of ANTI for a while before realising that I was overthinking it and it was quite straightforward.

  3. Cornick said

    Well I think you’re all splendid fellows gifted with an enviable ability both to enjoy and be generous in your praise.
    I thought it was a stinker.
    I simply don’t understand what’s cryptic about clues like 8d or 9a or 17a or several other elements elsewhere. Double definitions in particular should come from separate entries in the dictionary.
    Finished without reference to such, but not much fun had here, alas.

  4. dtw42 said

    I failed on 23, 25 and 27 in the end.

  5. batarde said

    A real laugh out loud moment today – when I read Cornick’s comment. My thoughts exactly.

  6. jonofwales said

    This is going to be another week I’ll have to describe as being “divisive”. 🙂

    Talking of which, here’s a clue from an old Times puzzle that struck me as being very distinctly un-Times like. See what you think: “Workman cut by smug townsman (7)”. I needed all the checking letters to get it…

  7. Topsy said

    4a, utterly disgusting 😉 I got many of the answers but got bogged down after “amigo” in the SE corner. Not horrendous but I would have preferred a more gentle offering for a Monday.

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