i Cryptic Crossword 2894 Anglio

May 18, 2020

I wasn’t sure if we’d met Anglio before in these pages, so did a quick Google to find that indeed, I had blogged him / her a while back, noting that I struggled. Today I finished with a time that was under par for the i, but it must be said that I only managed to parse about half the clues on solving. No doubt with a little more thought I could have, but after what was a very uncomfortable solve that left me feeling somewhat disgruntled I left it to the experts on the other side. 😉

Things that left me particularly disgruntled were the cryptic definition at 5d which, if you didn’t know what for me was an obscure answer, left you somewhat high and dry. And elsewhere there seemed to be rather a lot of superfluous words, 3d being rather a good (or poor depending on your point of view) example.

Overall a little up and down, but for an Independent debut (as this was) perhaps forgivable. As always, your mileage may vary.

COD? I had a few ticks at the close, with my nomination going to 11ac – “Unblemished English apples, say, turned into pulp(5)”.

To April 2016:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2894 Anglio”

  1. Cornick said

    Definitely quite wordy and for me quite a bit over my average solving time, but I really enjoyed unpicking those often intricate parsings.
    This struck me as one where the setter had gone to a lot of trouble, and discovered some super ideas along the way too. 14a and 14d were both particularly noteworthy, I thought.

  2. dtw42 said

    A mixed bag, IMO.
    Some I liked a lot (6 and 19, for example).
    Others I struggled with; sometimes because of complex parsing and/or superfluous wording, so needed electronic assistance for four or five mostly in the NW corner – my LOI for example was 1dn – why is it “requiring”?
    And I couldn’t get 22dn at all.
    Hey ho.

  3. saboteur said

    It took me a good while longer than usual, and I did have to work on the parsing a good bit (e.g. PUBLIC HOUSE). But all very pleasing and a satisfying solve.

  4. Topsy said

    Curate’ egg for me. I got rather tetchy and didn’t finish. It didn’t help that I bunged in “sit in” for 19d. Also wasn’t too enamoured with 1d, I agree DTW, why indeed.

  5. thebargee said

    Another bad day at the ‘office’ – filled in the NE corner in a few minutes, then ground to a halt. Managed another couple before giving up in a grump.

  6. allan_c said

    I think ‘requiring’ in 1dn is needed for the surface, but it is also telling you that the setter is ‘requiring’ the answer.  And I notice that the clue for 1ac has been modified from the original.

    Another two-session solve for me, with a night’s sleep in between. 8dn was my LOI – mainly because I’d somehow got the idea that the enumeration was 4,10 and the O_M at the end suggested that the letters of ‘boom’ (big bang) might be involved; it was only when I looked at the clue again that the penny dropped

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