i Cryptic Crossword 2997 Radian

September 15, 2020

After yesterday’s bravura display a crossword by Radian is going to look a bit tame. This is rather a pity, since there’s the usual generous entertainment value and an extensive theme to keep us happy, but I suppose Radian is a victim of his own consistency. If a themed puzzle of medium difficulty with plenty of variety and no iffy bits is the order of the day, he’s The Man.

The only obscurity I can see is the salmon in 20d, but it’ll be familiar enough to anyone who has been solving for a while. There are, however, some fairly tricky clue constructions which need picking apart with care, like 19 and 26ac, say. or 18d. The latter is a strong COD candidate, as is the chucklesome 9d, but 2d is striking enough to be the winner:

“Chap corners line in precious metals transport (7)”

Solutions, parsings and not nearly enough comment can be found at Fifteensquared, where it was Midsummer’s Day 2016 when the crossword was first published.

12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2997 Radian”

  1. Denzo said

    Neither too easy nor too difficult, all fair and enjoyable. Never heard of coho, but my guess was confirmed by 15^2. Held up a bit on 29, now my favourite clue, until I reraed 25 and replaced usurp with USURY.
    Interestingly, as one contributor on 15^2 hinted, 17a would work as simply “Add to RAM(3,2)” (ie TO TUP = TOT UP) . There are three possible extra definitions, at least one of which may be intended. “Imp-lying” could be the tot (imp) lying in the sense of either trying to sleep or pretending to sleep, and if the tot is up, you may have a sleepless night!

  2. Cornick said

    I found this harder than yesterday’s, but got there with just checking DOLOROSO and COHO in Chambers. The former was vaguely familiar, but the latter seems to have crept in from a barred crossword somehow, surely.
    Some great clues from a much admired setter, but personally I didn’t like ‘earning’ as a containment indicator in 22d one bit, nor did I feel that USURY satisfied the definition ‘huge interest’.
    I took 17a as being in 3 parts: Definition (Add); wordplay (to RAM); plus a cryptic definition (implying sleepness night ahead?).

    • Guy Barry said

      I had the same feeling as Cornick about 17A, but surely that’s not a conventional type of clue? I’m familiar with definition + wordplay; wordplay + definition; cryptic definition; double definition; and (very occasionally) triple definition. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a definition + wordplay + cryptic definition clue before.

      Got the whole puzzle except 22D. Came here and saw there was a theme of “money” (I usually miss themes), and duly wrote in KOPEKS because it was the only word I could think of that fitted the theme. Didn’t think of MONEYS itself!

  3. jonofwales said

    One or two that went in on a wing and a prayer, notably ALCOHOL, but overall this was finished only a little above par. I got hung up on a theme regarding relatives early on after spotting COUSIN and UNCLE, and then somehow managed to fail miserably to spot the real one. Which is a pity, because my LOI was 22d where I got a little stuck!

  4. saboteur said

    A nice, steady solve, and none the worse for that. As was said over on 225, like a smooth blended whiskey rather than a smokey single malt!

    I thought TOT UP was excellent. I took the sleepless night thing to refer to a small sleepless child. Needed to check on the Pacific salmon, although it was vaguely present in the back of my mind, presumably from some other crossword.

  5. Grodnik said

    Coho, burned into my memory from the label on tins of salmon with which my mother occasionally fed us in the 1950s. Not much else to read in our house, so early french also limited to the HP sauce bottle. Thank goodness for “Eagle” and Dan Dare. Enough of my ramblings. Found this tricky, but loved 2dn and 4dn for different reasons.

  6. Topsy said

    I did rather well today but as usual I didn’t spot the theme. This is mainly because I must be thick! 🙂

  7. allan_c said

    Got it all correct back in 2016 but failed this time round because, knowing the theme, I carelessly put in an unparsed ‘shilling’ for 13ac, which meant I couldn’t get 6dn. Doh!

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