i Cryptic Crossword 2897 Rorschach

May 21, 2020

This isn’t turning out to be my week in the i. Hopes were raised with a flying start in the NW corner, but from that point on I swiftly ground to a halt, and got increasingly frustrated with wordplay I just couldn’t parse. 15d as mentioned on the other side would be the chief culprit, but much else went in on a wing and a prayer. Oh well. Perhaps I just need a nice long weekend, which thankfully is what we’re about to get. For once I started in the NW corner with 1ac, and finished there too with 9ac which is another where the parsing totally eluded me, finish time considerably over par for the i.

COD? Well, overall this wasn’t my cup of tea, but the surreal image conjured up by 12ac did raise a smile – “Bemused after removing bed and finding these? (4)”.

To January 2016 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/01/21/independent-9132-rorschach/

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2897 Rorschach”

  1. Twobob said

    I had the exact same experience as you with the NW corner followed by a grinding halt and frustration at definitions.

    Not my week either…

  2. batarde said

    It certainly made for a change. Contrary to expectations I don’t have any quibbles (cake aside) – it all seems to work nicely, but in unusual ways. There will be complaints most likely, but there’s at least one happy bunny today.

  3. saboteur said

    Quite a tough one, and I needed a bit of help towards the end. Some parsing was beyond me, such as AS PROMISED and FACSIMILE. As for SWISS ROLL… 🤔

    Like JonofWales, I loved the clue for EMUS!

  4. thebargee said

    1a, 1d, 2d, 4d straight in, then… ‘nough said!

  5. Cornick said

    Really enjoyed that.
    A curious solve in that all the corners and edges fell fairly readily, but I had to return for a second sitting to get those longer ones going into the middle. All parsed satisfactorily with much amusement and admiration, although I did miss the now rather wistful-seeming Nina.
    Can’t see the objection or puzzlement with the Swiss roll cryptic is. The surface reading is of a nasty accident, the hidden definition is a whimsical description of a Swiss roll. Everything a ‘straight cryptic’ should be.

  6. dtw42 said

    Hmm. I started well, liking the general style with relatively modern pop culture references, etc.
    Did about 40% smoothly … ground my way to about 60%, then needed electronic word lists for all the rest. Pshaw. If a swiss roll is a finger then somebody’s got very fat fingers, and I can’t say I’ve ever stored one in the fridge. Can’t abide cold clammy cake.
    “Locksmith” = Sassoon and “creative individual” = Edison felt like rather wide distances to bridge, IMHO.

  7. PJ said

    Found it tough but more satisfying for that on finishing. Thought SWISS ROLL was fair enough. ROUGE was LOI. Favourite was SASSOON.

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