i Cryptic Crossword 2825 Morph

February 27, 2020

A crossword from Morph is always a treat, with lots of inventive wordplay to look forward to, and lots of smiles along the way. Today was no exception, and thoroughly accessible to boot, in particular given that this is a Thursday reprint. The ridge and muscular type gave me more than a little pause for thought at the close, but the rest went in with little ado, finishing in a time about par for the i. To be fair I skipped large bits of the wordplay given a sprinkling of clearly flagged definitions, some generous checking letters, and enough wordplay grasped to supply the rest. A pity really because there’s much to enjoy, but as is often the case I was in a hurry this morning. If you prefer a more meticulous approach your mileage may indeed vary.

Talking of good clues, 10ac I thought was very nicely done, but the definition at 7d tickled me no end, so that gets my COD nomination – “Peer’s decoration that may hang by his sideboard (7)”.

Without further ado over to November 2015 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/11/19/independent-9079-by-morph/

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2825 Morph”

  1. Topsy said

    I don’t think I will ever get onto Morph’s wavelength so when I checked out some of the answers on the other side I still said “what!”. Clever stuff but not my cup of rosie 😦

  2. saboteur said

    Thoroughly engrossing, enjoyable and satisfying. As Jon has commented, nicely inventive wordplay.

    Last one in was TREADER, which was a real treat; a bit niche, perhaps, depending on one’s childhood reading, but quite corruscating and original. I also have double ticks to STRATAGEM and ARETE for their quality.

    My only question mark was AGGRESS. Once most of the crossers were in, the word-play made the answer fairly clear, but it was a bit of a recondite answer, although it was only a minor blemish in an otherwise splendid crossword.

  3. batarde said

    Jeepers, that was superb. Being of the meticulous persuasion and having enough time to pick it all over I take my hat off to Morph for assembling such an absorbing and inventive range of clues: bravo. In addition to those mentioned above, 9d struck me as particularly fine. Bravo.

  4. Cornick said

    Very much agreed with the sentiment expressed by most above. Morph seems to go on getting better and better. All the clues yielded – either quickly or painstakingly – with only the spelling of 22a that I felt needed to be double-checked at the end.
    Very much enjoyed. ‘Me so Morph’ – ho!

  5. The tortoise Vm said

    I’m on the same wavelength as Topsy,
    Unfortunately not on Morph’s.

  6. dtw42 said

    My first pass through the clues over the breakfast table yielded almost nothing except a couple in the bottom half, so I thought it was going to be tough. On the second pass it opened up a lot better and I enjoyed most of it. 1dn got a tick for the wordplay and 26ac for the def; 14ac yielded a chuckle when the penny dropped. I failed to understand the “improve performance on the field” bit of 25ac though, and agree with saboteur that 12ac was “a bit niche”: I twigged to that one only after all the crossers were in. My last two in were 7dn (good one) and then 16ac – yes that was cleverly original thinking, but it’s another I would certainly not have got before all the crossers were given!
    I think we’re now all as familiar with low=MOO as we are with flower=a river, aren’t we?

  7. Topsy said

    Please can anyone explain 22a? Why was only UR included in the anagram?

  8. allan_c said

    What I said first time round on 15^2.
    I notice, btw, that the clue for 26ac has been updated.

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