i Cryptic Crossword 2823 Radian

February 25, 2020

As Jon archly observed yesterday there’s always room for a diversity of opinions here, so I wonder how this crossword will have gone down? There’s a drug reference so that’ll be Topsy out of sorts unfortunately, but nothing else in the potentially offensive line. The level of difficulty seemed to me roughly middling, albeit a little tougher than one generally expects from Radian, so all told I have some hopes that others will share my opinion that this is about as good as it gets.

This setter is a real master of the thematic grid fill, and it’s instructive to do some highlighting to see how he has distributed all the goodies throughout the puzzle. The theme itself is not quite explicit, but it was soon clear what was going on and that helped quite a bit. Incidentally, and possibly coincidentally, there is a tenuous link between 14ac and the great man, not picked up on by RatkojaRiku in his otherwise exhaustive November 2015 write up for Fifteensquared. Anybody else get the feeling we’re missing a window, by the way?

Highlights? Well, take your pick. With oodles of variety (another Radian characteristic) there surely must be something to delight everybody, and I wound up with more ticks than an horologist’s workshop. Here’s my COD; alternative nominations are very welcome as usual.

14ac: “Poles invested in low quality gem (9)”

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2823 Radian”

  1. Topsy said

    Having spotted the theme early on I was getting on really well but it was a DNF for me due to my propensity for justifying answers without fully understanding why. So at 21d I slapped in Marnie from Napoleon’s horse Marengo thus I failed to even spot the drug reference!! Happy days 😀

  2. jonofwales said

    I also lobbed in Marnie having spotted the theme for once before spotting that 21ac wouldn’t work, though elsewhere it did help with quite a few I would otherwise have been stuck on. Yes, this was pretty good, and yes we’re missing a window. 🙂

  3. saboteur said

    Thoroughly enjoyable and very satisfying.

    All done without help, although three of them I struggled to parse. It took me ages to realise that “bail” was the little wooden thing on top of a wicket. And that I had totally forgotten about Ian Paisley probably just says something about how politics in Northern Ireland has changed. I did not know about Lyonnais cuisine until I ended up googling to see it it made sense.

    I spotted the film early on, expected a “window” which did not appear, and just assumed that he’d made a film of The Moonstone…

  4. dtw42 said

    This set me pouting and glowering after spotting the theme early on, purely and simply because only a couple of weeks ago I … well … um, have a look at http://crossword.info/skirwingle/puzzle_10

    Nothing new under the sun, eh?

    Took me a while to parse 12ac (got there in the end), and the drug reference made me put “tsk” in the margin, but apart from that it was all smoooth enough. Last ones in were 15dn and then 21ac.

  5. Cornick said

    Splendid stuff from Radian – I like that description: more ticks than an horologist’s workshop; mine was something similar.
    Was it slightly more accessible than he sometimes is? All the clues seemed pretty tractable once I found myself a quiet space in the day… FOI the delightful 9a, LOI the almost as good 12a, with narry a sag or dropped stitch between.
    And so engrossing that I completely forgot to look for a theme until afterwards – despite it being Tuesday. Brilliant, that.

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