i Cryptic Crossword 3032 Peter

October 26, 2020

This IoS reprint was Peter’s second in the Independent, and also in these parts too I believe. A lovely little puzzle with nicely constructed clues, little that was obscure and that fairly clued too (9ac and 25ac in particular), solved at quite the sprint. In other words exactly what most of us are looking for on a Monday morning. I missed the definition in 26d, but that it must be said is down to my own stupidity, the rest going in fully understood and enjoyed.

COD? It’s sometimes hard to pick one from an IoS reprint, but today we’re quite spoilt for choice, with my nomination going to 3d – “Glove drawn on the French Lieutenant’s bottom (8)”.

To June 2016 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


16 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3032 Peter”

  1. Cornick said

    Yes, ideal beginner’s cryptic for the most part, but the SE corner interrupted my gallop – not enough to bring me to a halt, but rather to a gentle canter for the final furlong. In which corner 28a was my pick today and that fabric in 19d was a new word learned.

  2. batarde said

    It certainly wasn’t what I was looking for … probably best to leave it at that.

  3. Denzo said

    Enjopyable, and the SE corner took longer tham the other three combined. Shevat/SHEBAT, COCKATRICE and PERCALE, new words I shall probably forget by tomorrow. ROLE a close second but LEGALESE my favourite, although, until I had crossers, I was looking for another sort of member.

  4. Topsy said

    Having grown used to crosswords being far too difficult for me of late I tried to over complicate things, for example, I convinced myself that the answer to 23d was obviously Horne + t. I soon settled down with answers falling in easily. It would appear that you guys don’t purchase the bedding in your households because percale is very common!

    • Cornick said

      Topsy – Mrs Cornick (and presumably Peter, who confusingly is a she) would agree with you 🙂

      • Topsy said

        So Peter is a “she”, then I look forward to more, largely because of the absence of references to brothels, cocaine, etc, which causes me irritation with other setters!

      • Cornick said

        Arachne is very possibly my favourite setter at work today – female and far from averse to sexual references.

    • jonofwales said

      I live in Wales. I am legally not allowed to purchase any bedding as it is a “non-essential item”. 🙂

  5. thebargee said

    Well I enjoyed it, a gentle start to the week for a change. Like others, I found the SE corner tougher than the rest, but it did include my favourite of the day – FANDANGO – what a nice word!

    My LOI was NETTLE, which I failed to parse, I seem to have a blind spot for reverse containment.

  6. saboteur said

    A nice gentle start to the week. All very accessible, completed before my coffee was finished, and none the worse for that.

    SHEBAT was new to me. I was familiar with the usual spelling of Shevat, but I was aware that B rather than V is a common transliteration of the Hebrew Bet. I was somewhat puzzled by ASSENT.

  7. Guy Barry said

    I didn’t buy today’s paper but note that #3031 has been followed by #3022. Did the error originate in the newspaper or in the blog?

  8. Henri said

    Quickest solve in a long while. Had to double check the Jewish month even though I’m Jewish.

  9. dtw42 said

    A busy day meant I didn’t even get to start this until after work. Good job it wasn’t a pen-chewing head-scratcher then. 26dn was my LOI, and the only one to hold me up for any appreciable time. 9ac did need a bit of coaxing out of backup memory though. No marginal notes of either approbation or annoyance.

  10. imsewell said

    Very neat surface reading. Constructions felt fresh yet not too difficult. Excellent imo!

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: