i Cryptic Crossword 3050 Hypnos

November 16, 2020

An IoS reprint to start the week which shouldn’t have caused too many issues for the regulars. Thankfully, as my solving time first thing was accompanied by workmen putting up scaffolding around the house which did nothing for my concentration levels. Never mind, the worst is yet to come.

Just the two unparsed on solving today – 24ac and 7d, the latter a tricky piece of wordplay I thought for the spot. “Police” doesn’t seem to me to be an adequate anagram indicator at 18d, but the rest all seemed to be fair and above board.

All done under par for the i, in what was an enjoyable start to the week.

COD? I’ll go with 2d – “Survey reported on queen, say, is source of stink (7)”.

To August 2016:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3050 Hypnos”

  1. Denzo said

    Quite agree it was “an enjoyable start to the week”. Once I decided to explore the dubious possibility that “police”indicated anagram, 6d was a quick solve, but I would have found it a little unfair if the fodder had been ten or more letters. I was lucky to recall that Sheffield FC were nicknamed Owls and also to spot some of GARY L in the letters of keen girl. I would never have solved STOCKING FILLER from the wordplay, but when the answer crossed my mind I saw the cellist then the rest.

    I also recall queen=cat from a clue last week, so the CoD (mine, too) was not too difficult as well as amusing. However, I forgot about Ford, and put in 6d umparsed except for GRANT.

  2. Saboteur said

    A relatively gentle start to the week, and nicely enjoyable.

    Last one in was STOCKING FILLER, which seemed obvious once all the crossing letters were in, but I couldn’t parse it. Or didn’t bother to.

    And today I learnt that a POLECAT is “noted for its foetid smell”. 🙂

  3. batarde said

    “Police” has appeared as an anagram indicator before, and I don’t like it any better this time around. Also my little bugbear “recipe” never fails to irritate. Otherwise, all perfectly satisfactory, and packaged in a rather novel grid.

    I note, not having bothered with the paper on Saturday, that it was another Waiting for Godot puzzle with Vladimir and Estragon as a Nina. Something very similar by our friend Alchemi appeared about two years ago on a Tuesday. I wonder if Serpent was aware of that.

    • Guy Barry said

      “Rather novel grid” is right – there seemed to be room for a few more words in there! I don’t keep statistics on these things but 73 black squares seems a particularly high figure – nearly a third of the grid.

  4. Guy Barry said

    Good puzzle; agree with all the remarks so far. “Police” seems particularly inappropriate for an anagram indicator because the police are supposed to create order, not disorder! My only other quibbles were RY = “network” in 11ac (is a railway the same thing as a network?) and “credits” = “ticks” in 12ac (“credit” = “tick” for sure, but I didn’t think you could pluralize it).

    Forgot about Sheffield Wednesday’s nickname so had to resort to electronic means for 6dn. Was convinced for some time that 3dn was RENDELL; did that throw anyone else?

  5. Cornick said

    I’m clearly in the minority in having quite liked ‘police’. Have seen it before in the i, but in the sense of to corral or put into order it makes sense if one assumes that the anagram fodder started life out of order, no? I’d be happy with similar verbs like shepherd or conduct, but haven’t ever seen them.
    Puzzle today was fine – wasn’t a fan of the straight ‘cryptic’ for AGEING which didn’t seem cryptic enough, but otherwise all tickety-boo.

    • batarde said

      Yes, I was musing about similar verbs, and thought that “shepherd” would be rather pleasing, conjuring up scenes of Border collies chivvying sheep and whatnot. “Police” just made me sigh – the idea is clear enough but I don’t have to like it. The mental image is of plexiglass shields, tear gas and kettling rather than PC Dixon.

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