i Cryptic Crossword 2930 Poins

June 29, 2020

A quite tricky IoS to start the week with, I thought. A finish time somewhat over par for the i, and with quite a few question marks to boot – notably the wordplay for 2d which had me totally bamboozled (and you could argue is a bit unfair) and the definition at 24. Now, I did have an unnecessarily late night and can barely think logically if at all today, plus temperatures seem to be more reasonable for October than June, which may mean that I’ve totally seized up. Never mind – let me know how you got on!

COD? While wondering if it’s entirely fair, it certainly stands out, so I’ll go with 2d – “In force by 74 in the Borders (9)”.

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10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2930 Poins”

  1. batarde said

    I got on okay, but wasn’t much taken with it. 22d is ill-advised at best, and the sort of thing that can land you on a re-education and awareness course. 26ac: no, it’s not the definition although that’s rubbish and unsupported by the dictionary – it’s the alleged novelist. I have long been of the opinion that she is a purely American problem and should be entirely unknown here. Happily, outside of the cabinet this seems largely to remain the case – so can we please not have her cropping up in crosswords? Thank you. Here endeth the diatribe. Agreed on the COD, for what it’s worth.

    • thebargee said

      Started far too late today to make a decent fist of it – it’s nearly bedtime! Gave up with a bit of NW and most of SE empty.
      From other comments, seems like I didn’t miss much. I did like 8dn though.

  2. Cornick said

    A bit of a curate’s egg today from Poins – the good bits has me quite excited but the crossing 24 and 26 left me somewhat deflated at the end.
    Ms Rand’s brand of laissez-faire politics not doing desperately well in current circumstances, is it.

  3. saboteur said

    A bit tough, I thought, and not in a good way. Too many question marks and visits to the internet to check things and trawl through lists. I had to put it down half-done at lunch-time and come back to it after a break.

    I agree with Batarede about the definition of RENEGE, which Provoked a double exclamation mark from me, as I wondered what on earth Jonofwales would be thinking…

    Quite agree with the above about Rand.

    As for SONGS, well, I can write clues like that.

    On the positive side, I did think OPERATIVE was very good.

  4. dtw42 said

    I did *most* of it fairly smoothly (and put a note of appreciation against 8dn). Wrote “tsk” against 22.

    But then I failed to get 26ac at all at the end. I did *consider* “RANDOM” (along with practically everything else that could fit R_N_O_ but dismissed it on the grounds that it does *not* mean “unknown”; never mind quibbles re Ms. Rand, about whom I know too little to express any opinion).

  5. Henri said

    Different experience.. about my fastest , except for 24 down.
    Since we are commenting on Ms Rand, I offer my opinion that Atlas shrugged is the worse book of the 20th century. To be worse, it is not enough to be negligible, one must have pretensions.

    • batarde said

      In the early 2000s some bright spark decided that the UK needed a new edition of Rand’s oeuvre: the resulting write-up in the TLS was a thing of beauty. I don’t remember who was responsible, but when an urbane and cultured reviewer decides that a hatchet job is required, he is the most spiteful of antagonists.

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