i Cryptic Crossword 3024 Morph

October 16, 2020

My general knowledge would be much poorer without crosswords. From today’s I have learnt that a plait can be called a queue, and how to spell the name of that rather nice salad you sometimes get (I doubt I would have given it a double-B had I been asked). I did already know about the thing referred to in the laugh-out-loud clue for BUMBLING, although how I know is quite inexplicable to me.

This was a relatively gentle offering from Morph, which I solved in a little under my typical time. I don’t think there was anything in it which was unfair, or which required particularly specialist knowledge. I did check on both ATROPINE and INTUMESCE, but unnecessarily so, as it happens – a slight lack of confidence on my part. But in both cases the cluing was very clear so I really was checking, rather than searching.

I won’t nominate 2d as Clue of the Day, good as it was. Instead I shall go for the aforementioned 1ac: “Forbidden to put something smelly in the French Hotel salad (9)” for its amusing surface reading.

All the answers and explanations here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/07/14/independent-9282-morph/

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3024 Morph”

  1. Topsy said

    5d…… I am fairly 14d but I am afraid that I will never 19d to this setter 😦

  2. jonofwales said

    Good stuff from Morph, with a few harder clues dotted around a mostly gentle offering. Just right for me on a Friday. 🙂

  3. dtw42 said

    2dn made me practically spit my tea across the breakfast table. Not because it was funny or outrageous, but because it was a joke I wrote myself in 2014 and was dead pleased with. So to see someone else come up with it independently was a bit annoying! Still it made solving that one easy!
    For 1ac, it helped that menus have been among the things I’ve had too proofread over the last couple of years, otherwise I’d not even have heard of that, let alone known how to spell it.
    I think 1dn might get some frowns these days … perhaps?
    Yes, plait = queue was new to me, too.

    At any rate, I was all done in good time.

  4. Denzo said

    LIke Topsy, I would never have expected to 19d Morph, but, inspired by my unexpected success with the devious Crosophile yesterday, I persevered. Completed (sort of) and actually enjoyed it more, though I needed to look up INTUMESCE, Wikipedia to identify AL Murray and the v thing in 2d, and 225 to complete some of the parsings, which, I found all absolutely fair. DNF as I put in PLANT for PLAIT, and feel exonerated that I was not alone in my ignorance, and carelessly, not reading the clue properly, SHOCK for SHOOK. Like Dtw42, I wondered about 1d, though I still fail to se a problem with yesterday’s dog’s breakfast.
    I can’t claim 2d as CoD, as I needed to look it up, but gettting both 4d and 18d were pleasurable moments.

  5. batarde said

    Thoroughly jolly, no complaints and a “hear, hear” for the COD. Neither trivially straightforward nor teeth-grindingly abstruse: a Tier 2 puzzle, in fact. 🙂

  6. Cornick said

    Intumescent strips are those rubber-looking stripes that you may have noticed set into the wood on a fire door – they swell up if needs be.
    I’ve always been a big fan of Morph, though my knowledge of Levantine cuisine is a lot weaker than carpentry, so left me struggling at the end – I can’t even spell hummus/ humous/ whatever-it-is, let alone a salad that I’ve scarcely ever come across.
    Thought the Morph/ dtw clue at 2d was very clever and pretty funny too.

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