i Cryptic Crossword 2849 Anax

March 26, 2020

Our second Prize Puzzle reprint of the week comes courtesy of Anax, and as expected it’s one that’s a little on the tough side. Perhaps it’s just the general malaise that I’m feeling at the moment, but this is one that I found to be more of an ordeal than a pleasure to complete. Perhaps at a better time I would have appreciated it more… Solved yet again using the i‘s application, which works great on a Chromebook but I suspect less so for solving on a small screen. 🙂

Points of interest? Apart from the ridiculously long anagram that took an age to get, UN for one as in 16ac without a foreign language indicator always annoys me, we seem to have a superfluous “as” in 14ac if the parsing over on the other side is correct, and similarly with “The” and “of” in 4d.

Anyone, I must get onto my daily allocated bit of exercise. So COD? I’ll go with 2d – “He’s earned bucks as a songwriter (2,7)”.

To January 2016:


23 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2849 Anax”

  1. Cornick said

    Who says the easy ones are in the SE corner? Not today! Although that was where the delightful 18d was to be found. I also very much enjoyed 9d, 21d, well loads of them really. A couple of minor quibbles with 4d and my LOI 19a, where the second definition fits ‘bunker’ rather than ‘bunker mentality’, I think.
    But that’s a bit churlish when, frankly, I enjoyed myself from start to finish. I for one am hoping the editor keeps giving these harder ones during the lockdown.

  2. Cornick said

    Re 16a and UN, I think it’s as in ‘that’s a good un’.

  3. batarde said

    Always happy to see Anax, one of the most distinctive talents setting nowadays. Nice to be put on one’s mettle, and whilst I acknowledge the quibbles above I doubt they’d even be noticed in a less challenging crossword. Some of the entry level compilers get away with murder from time to time but don’t get flak because everybody’s chuffed with getting a sub-ten minute time, if you ask me. 18d has been mentioned; my other favourite today was 6d.

    • saboteur said

      Sub ten minutes? 😯

    • Cornick said

      I thoroughly concur with your sentiments re fairness to our harder setters.
      In defence of the impulse to criticise some harder clues, if a solver has just spent 10 minutes struggling over one clue (not unknown in my case) that clue had better be watertight!

  4. lizinwood said

    Help, no paper today! I have the app, but how do I find the interactive cryptic puzzle? Or the idoku? I’ve found the puzzles but they just sit and look at me!

    • saboteur said

      You are not alone.I struggled to find it too, yesterday. On the home page there are three tabs at the top. The middle one is i puzzles. Click on that and then go to the cryptic.

  5. dtw42 said

    Yes – mixed feelings here: toughish (I freely admit to having resorted to electronic assistance several times) with a few clues that caused nose-wrinkling, but some others that were well appreciated. Overall, I *think* I quite liked it!

  6. Topsy said

    I found it tough going but not unpleasant. Yes, I needed electronic help but pretty much all fair and I don’t think I have said that on a Thursday, ever!

  7. saboteur said

    I thought it was tough, but I’m not sure how much of that was the actual puzzle, or just the fact that I am not used to using the app. In the end it took me slightly less than my typical hour, but towards the end I was using a fair bit of e-help, of the bad, trawling kind, rather than the good, checking-and-expanding-my-knowledge kind.

    Cornick is very generous to the setter, the missing implied “French” in SUNBONNET irritated me, because it could have been included without detriment. I thought the “poor slumber”/”our problems” ANAGRAM thing was brilliant. Last one in was the long anagram, which was also very good indeed.

    I don’t get ORT in TROIKAS. Can anyone help?

  8. saboteur said

    Doi g it online is a very different experience. Nowhere to jot, no pencilng-in, nowhere to put ticks or question marks or smiley faces. And the temptation to use the “cheat” functions ; I resisted, but would I always? And the clock! Especially when it wont stop if I ardently stare out of the window for a moment or three…

    But best to be socially responsible, so the app it is except for when I have to make an unavoidable trip to the shop. Paper will seem a great treat.

  9. dtw42 said

    At the moment my paper copy is still being delivered. Have just today downloaded the app in preparation though. It doesn’t seem to be accepting my login though. (Presumably where it asks for “Subscriber ID”, I put in the reference/order number from my subscription letters? I can’t see that I’ve been given anything else that would be an equivalent.)

    • lizinwood said

      Thank you saboteur, found it!

    • lizinwood said

      Maybe your email address?

    • jonofwales said

      I had it on an email from when I first subscribed in the dim and distant past.

      • dtw42 said

        Yeah well it took me a deep search through my several email accounts to see which one I’d used when I first subscribed, too; so I found the ‘registration confirmation’ email from them, but it doesn’t contain *any* references or ID numbers or suchlike.

        Anyhoo – I’ve emailed them to ask what I’m doing wrong, so we’ll see if/when I get a response…

      • jonofwales said

        I had an email from the i this evening – they’ve put the app online so you can access via your browser. That email contained the Id – my 8 digit Subscriber Number. That and my email let me in.

      • Cornick said

        Yes, I had that too, Jon. Nice to be able to get the puzzle on a bigger screen, and so it can be printed off too (for a setter like Anax!)

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