i Cryptic Crossword 2952 Wiglaf

July 24, 2020

Here’s a setter I am not yet very familiar with, so I did not know what to expect when I turned to the crossword this morning. It turned out to be a good mix of readily-accessible clues and a few that required a fair bit of unravelling. But at completion I had no questions unanswered or problems unresolved, and I completed it in about my typical time.

Three clues proved chewier than most. FENDER BENDER was one. Never having been in a minor road accident in New York this was not at all obvious to me (fenders being things I would look for around the hearth, not on cars where the bumpers ought to be). I struggled with ACETYLENE; on seeing the crossing Y and Es, I thought there must be an anagram of “ethyne” in there, before I worked it all out. But the one I considered unfair was INFLUX. My last one in, I got this from the definition and crossing letters, plus the need to insert an X to complete the pangram. The use of “ux” to clue wife is particularly recondite in my opinion. Yes, I know the word “uxorious” and even the Latin “uxor”, but it took me an age to spot that and so work out how the word-play functioned.

Balancing that, three clues particularly entertained me. EARLOBE, though an old chestnut, was nicely done. ASTI was deviously clued (who else thought that the word-play indicated “aids”and that the definition was wrong? 🙂). Nomination for Clue of the Day, however, goes to 9ac: “City briefly featuring in Bunyan and Tennyson (3,4).”.

Back to March 2016 for the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/03/30/independent-9191-wiglaf/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2952 Wiglaf”

  1. dtw42 said

    I finished this in fairly good time, and only thought about the pangram after finishing. Acetylene as certainly my LOI. I *was* sort-of familiar with ‘ux.’ but yes it made me raise my eyebrows a bit too (still, makes a change from being ‘w’ all the time I suppose).

    Nothing garnered any marginal notes (either of approbation or disgust).

  2. batarde said

    A mixed bag, not greatly to my taste but any objections are fairly insignificant. Not convinced that the pangram added anything, but it didn’t force any zany vocabulary so that’s okay. Nobody else bothered by the definition for 13d, then?

  3. Cornick said

    Mostly very well pitched just under the average level of difficulty for the i, with a couple of bouncers and just the one no-ball at 21a, I thought. Fender-bender went in without a second thought – nothing untoward in the completed grid at all really, and a jolly entertaining solve.
    Pangram schlamgram.

  4. thebargee said

    A rare treat for me to finish a Friday puzzle in reasonable time (or any time at all!).
    I did manage to figure out the wordplay for INFLUX but it caused much tutting. My last two in were 1d and 2d, both guesses of sorts. I regularly fail to translate pro into for, and lum is unfamiliar to me. And I couldn’t get pet=poodle out of my head when trying to parse 2d!
    Had a stroke of luck with 4d, getting the answer via Enzo Ferrari, but completely missed the pangram.

  5. jonofwales said

    Not overly difficult today, with only the car designer causing real issues. If only I’d thought to look for the pangram. Oh well. Good puzzle, I thought.

  6. allan_c said

    Quite a different experience from doing it back in 2016. I saw (or maybe remembered subconsciously) the parsing of ASTI and got THAW early on. This time I was left with a few clues on the left hand side and needing P and X to complete the pangram. 7, 16 and 17 provided Ps, leaving INFLUX as my last one in. Very satisfying, all the same.

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