i Cryptic Crossword 2958 Rodriguez

July 31, 2020

Here’s another setter I am as yet unfamiliar with. It turns out that we have been given an enjoyable, straightforward cryptic, which I completed in only a little over my typical time.

I don’t think there was anything truly controversial today. I did have to check that MYOSIN was correct, but it was fairly clued with helpful crossing letters, so it posed no real problem. I did not know that a “billy” was a kind of C19th truncheon – but with a choice between that and “nanny” it was merely a question of getting just one of the crossing letters.

YACHTER is, I dare say, a little controversial. One is more likely to speak of a yachtsman or woman than of a yachter. But again the crossing Y, C, T and R left me in no doubt. This one I struggled to parse; it took me a while to work out that it was an anagram of “the car” plus a homophone of “why”, rather than a homophone of some reason why a car might be broken down. I did make a little mistake in this SE corner, by carelessly writing in “trail” instead of TRIAL, what with the hidden inclusion cunningly being split over two lines, until solving MOOT POINT made me see the error of my ways.

All clues were, I think, well written with good surface readings. PLAYPEN, OOMPH and DOWNS all made me smile, but the one that I liked the most was 24d: “Terrible individual vehicle from Apple? (4)”.

To April, 2016 for all the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/04/25/independent-9213-by-rodriguez/

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2958 Rodriguez”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yup, very similar experience here. I was a bit slow to get started, but picked up pace after the right-hand side started to fill. Yes, YACHTER was the only word to garner a marginal note (which was ‘yuck’); otherwise dandy.

  2. Cornick said

    I found it a bit tricky to get on Rodriguez’ wavelength, but picked the clues off one by one, as you do. Good solid puzzle, one of only six Rodriguez produced for the Indy, yet several commenters on Fifteensquared talk about him as if they know him well, for some reason. Maybe on Big Dave’s site or something?

  3. batarde said

    “Yachter” is such a horrible, debased word that I assumed it must be Australian slang. Wrong: the correct word in Strine is “yachtie”, which is somehow much nicer. Where that leaves “yachter” I’m sure I don’t know, but it’s hard to imagine it going down well at Cowes. Anyway: all-rightish crossword which I didn’t enjoy much. Some of the clues were strong, others downright feeble and the whole was not especially satisfying. Sorry Rodriguez, but there’s definite potential.

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