i Cryptic Crossword 3060 Wiglaf

November 27, 2020

We don’t get many puzzles from Wiglaf, but when we do they are a treat. This one certainly was. Of medium difficulty, I venture, with a good fair mix of clues.

On my first read-through, I was a little alarmed by the six-word, thirty-letter anagram down the middle, especially as there was no room for any “and” or “the” or “of/in/on the”, to help break up the anagram, given the enumeration. But surmising that the numbers referred to at the beginning of the clue would give the author, I tried them and instantly got DICK. A couple of minutes later and I had the two other parts of the author’s name and the title of the book in place. And that opened up the grid very nicely.

I struggled to parse GLISSADES, and had to resort to the thesaurus to get “glades” and the internet to remind myself of ISS. That seemed all a bit obscure. “Cross” as an anagram indicator in DEODORANT seemed questionable, but it was such a good clue that it was easily indulged. “Blue” (rather than blow/blew) to mean SQUANDER is new to me, and isn’t in my (admittedly ancient) Shorter Oxford. These are, however, but minor quibbles.

Clue of the day? I did like TITANIC and especially the aforementioned DEODORANT. But I can’t resist proposing 15ac: “A plonker taken in by David Icke (4)”.

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12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3060 Wiglaf”

  1. Denzo said

    Yes, a treat – challenging, expertly clued and no real googlies or mistakes as in yesterday’s. I guessed (correctly) that 4D/6D was a book I didn’t know by a ditto author, and set about getting the crossers. When ANDROIDS appeared likely, a quick visit to google soon gave the answer, and I admired Wiglaf’s ingenious anagram, though for me it was sadly redundant. Also lost on me was that the author’s name was in three other answers, as 225 revealed.

    Early on I wondered about PINT for 5A, based on the idea that (p)IN(t) = “appropriate”, dismissing the brief thought that appropriate had another meaning, and when I had crossers, shrugged and entered INCH by the same analysis. I had congratulated myself on, unusually, having everything completely parsed, but saw the clever (and correct!) solution of 5A on 225, making it appropriate for CoD.

  2. Denzo said

    The paper version has an additional number 6 at the beginning of the clue, in addition to the numbers of the three clues referencing the author. I see this “6” does not appear in 225 so is therefore probably a misprint. This made the clue rather confusing, but fortunately it didn’t affect my chosen strategy for tackling it. But had it not been there, I might have hit on Saboteur’s clever strategy and solved the clue faster.

  3. Guy Barry said

    Didn’t buy the paper today but am still giggling at 15ac. It’s brilliant!

  4. jonofwales said

    Quickest i solve in a while here, helped perhaps by guessing the book in a flash, and chucking loads in on definition alone. Fun though while it lasted.

  5. batarde said

    Nah, didn’t like this puzzle, and having nothing complimentary to say I’ll leave it there.

    • Cornick said

      I’m leaning towards Batarde’s point of view, although there were undoubtedly some good clues in the mix.
      The problem was that the big idea of the puzzle was the long anagram. Well I generally solve online, and 1a (pretty easy) gave me a starting letter D for a 2-letter word which started a book title for which the enumeration is given. Are there any other long book titles that start ‘DO’? It seemed to make the answer (and therefore also 2 or 3 other answers) pretty blindingly obvious, and that’s a problem.

  6. Willow said

    The misprinted extra 6 in 4/6 did set me back considerably, I’m afraid to say, and ruined my enjoyment of what is an undoubtedly brilliant puzzle. Initially I was less than impressed with the blatantly crude 15, but once it became obvious that DICK was the author’s name I decided to let that go. However, there is a redundant A in the clue for 15, and when you compare that with the clue for 5 it becomes clear how important these tiny details can be.

    I really liked 1, which would be my COD.

    • Denzo said

      I accept that DICK is crude in American English, but I don’t use that language. I understand the word to have a slang meaning over here, ie “He’s a dick” = “he’s a bit of an idiot”. Not that anyone would think that of David Icke, of course.

  7. Veronica said

    Too hard for me. (Not helped by the additional 6 in the king anagram).

  8. dtw42 said

    Like Denzo, I trusted that the extra 6 was a typo. Like JoW, I sailed through this. Being able to solve 15 and 27 gave the game away for someone sufficiently au fait with this author to then fill in 2 and 4/6 without really needing to parse them (yes, the parsing of 2 was plain enough; no, I didn’t even bother to try with 4/6 – just bunged in the answer and moved on).
    No, I didn’t understand the blue bit of 21 either.
    13 and 15 both got a chuckle.
    All done by 8.05am.

  9. thebargee said

    Enjoyed it for the most part, although didn’t know the book or the author and needed google to confirm.

    I must admit, to have 2 15-letter entries covered by one humongous anagram isn’t something I’d want to see too often, and I doubt that many solvers figured out the answer from the fodder – I certainly didn’t.

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