i Cryptic Crossword 2900 Poins

May 25, 2020

After a few days of some pretty tricky puzzles, it felt good to enjoy Bank Holiday Monday (yes it is) in the sun with a pretty easy going IoS reprint. A couple of ticks, a few smiles too, I’ll take that this morning. The full explanation for only the one eluded me – 20d employing a pretty obscure Indian city, but the answer was clear enough so no complaints.

We’re still in lockdown here in Wales, so I’ll shortly be taking my daily allocated exercise, lunching, then settling down for the afternoon with Children of Dune. I think I quite like quiet Bank Holidays, you know.

COD? Well, 1d raised a smile – “Fool performer with good write-up (6)”.

To January 2016:


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2900 Poins”

  1. Cornick said

    Round about average time taken here – certainly no pushover. Some were straightforward enough but quite who Phoebe’s mum was (thought it might be Zaia for bit till the penny dropped) plus that Indian city (despite having been there) were among a few to cause a bit of prolonged head-scratching.
    Still all done eventually and some enjoyable clues in the mix for sure. I wonder what Batarde made of that grid?

    • jonofwales said

      Ah yes, that grid. If I’d got stuck I might have been seriously unamused.

    • batarde said

      No paper yesterday. I don’t always notice problematic grids, but if it’s irritated me enough I might enter it into software and check the statistics. It seems to me that Eimi is quite relaxed about unusual constructions, but it’s very rare for checking to be below 50% – probably the most important consideration.

  2. saboteur said

    The first thing I thought when I looked at this was that it was my least favourite grid! The four-in-one, but not in a good way.

    Otherwise a pleasant enough solve, in a little under my typical time, no quibbles, no queries, no real problems. Last one in was PATINA, which did require a mental run through the alphabet in search of possibilities.

  3. thebargee said

    A late start today, only sitting down to the crossword after becoming bored with the repetitive Q&A session following a certain personal statement!
    Finished in what is a good time for me, only failing to parse 14a. I was familiar with the Indian city, I seem to remember my mother cooking Patna rice when I was a lad.
    I agree with jonofwales about the COD, it was my LOI. What a 1d I am for not seeing it sooner!

    Question for you experts – what’s the beef with the grid?

    • jonofwales said

      If only I was an expert! 🙂 The four corners are disconnected – four mini-crosswords really. If you were to get stuck in one corner, there are no checking letters from the other bits to help you out.

      • thebargee said

        Ah, I see! That explains the way I ended up completing the grid – exactly that, 4 separate little puzzles. Thanks for explaining.

  4. allan_c said

    How things can change in four years. I see that when the puzzle first appeared I found it all pretty straightforward, including 27ac, although I struggled with 20dn. This time I found it all tough going, although I didn’t need help with 20dn and I struggled with 27ac. And the grid made things worse.

  5. dtw42 said

    I had plenty else to do yesterday, so only this morning (Tuesday) realised I hadn’t actually got more than about halfway through this. Came back to it *after* doing today’s, and found I needed electronic assistance. Maybe I’m just too impatient to force my own mental cogs to go round; I dunno. LOI was 1dn.

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