i Cryptic Crossword 2925 Radian

June 23, 2020

Difficult to put one’s finger on a theme this time, but it seems to me that there’s something going on concerning modes of expression, clarity and its absence and so forth. A couple of years ago we had another Radian puzzle crammed with 1d, for which I supplied an embedded link to a statue of Cicero by way of a hint. Nothing suggests itself today.

Probably more than with any other setter, I know what to expect of Radian on a Tuesday: a well made, entertaining crossword with no worthwhile quibbles and of medium difficulty – and a struggle to find a clue of the day because there’ll be a few candidates. This is pretty much the case today. There’s the customary wide variety of clue types, with a few gentle ones to provide toeholds and some more gnarly examples to add a bit of spice to the end game. Three phrases of foreign origin would ordinarily ring alarm bells, but I think they’re all pretty current, aren’t they? The Hebrew letter ought to be familiar enough to all but the greenest solvers, but 5d is a bit of a classic device which will cause all manner of trouble if you haven’t seen it before. Thumbs up for that. Anyway, no complaints here on grounds of obscurity, but the definition of 4d is rather perplexing – as in “why did he do that”?

Prominent amongst the runners up today are 5, 12 and 20, but on this occasion there was a clear COD even if it was a write-in:

17d: “Old idiot grabs axes, 1 of 1 (8)”

Bertandjoyce were in the chair at Fifteensquared back in April 2016, so we have the usual unimpeachable colour-coded exegesis to consult.

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2925 Radian”

  1. dtw42 said

    I failed to parse 3dn, so wasn’t sure whether it was going to be UTTER (“State”) or STEEP (“a bit much”). Apart from that all was dandy. I had ticks against 1dn (obviously updated since the 2016 Indy appearance) and 12ac. The bits of Latin and French (and old lyricists) were thankfully all within my purview, and I wasn’t fooled for more than a few seconds by More.
    FEURUPAT ought to mean something.

  2. Cornick said

    I was another who failed to parse 3d – thought it was UT for Utah then TER for territory with a definition coming from how it’s used in ‘utter rubbish’ or whatever – but there it was as a hidden – d’oh!
    Brilliant puzzle – by my reckoning there are around 15 thematic entries relating to Speech or Words – obviously including 1d and 8d.
    Re the definition for 4d, I think it’s just a really difficult entry to define in an interesting way. ‘Part of a vehicle’s transmission’ just wouldn’t do for Radian.

  3. jonofwales said

    A great puzzle, finished in about average time. The LHS presented more difficulty than the rest, I suspect because 1d took an absolute age to click. Last in 3d with the same difficulties as above.

  4. saboteur said

    Splendid puzzle. Lots of ticks – especially for UTOPIA – and no question marks at all. Good stuff.

  5. thebargee said

    Lack of experience told today (well that’s my excuse). Filled in the entire RHS fairly easily (7dn excepted), but the LHS remained stubbornly blank. Ho hum…

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