i Cryptic Crossword 3092 Radian

January 5, 2021

Here we are again, then: locked down. No return to Mogwash being on the cards for the time being, Charmaine seems to be remarkably philosophical about the situation, and has resigned herself readily to eating me out of house and home. She’s busy today, but no doubt will pop up again before long.

Radian is first up in the Tuesday slot this year, with a nice historical theme in celebration of a 950th anniversary, the puzzle having first appeared in October 2016. Some will have liked the interlinked clues, others will not, and no doubt a few will protest that it’s all beastly unfair. I enjoy this sort of thing and didn’t have much trouble untangling the thematic stuff; that said my feeling was that this was towards the more difficult end of Radian’s usual range. Presumably 6ac won’t have caused any trouble being fresh in the mind, but 19d is an unexpected word craftily clued, which pleased me no end. 11ac is perhaps a bit recondite for those whose education didn’t include rote learning chunks of Coleridge, and again the clue is by no means a read and write. My last one in was the sneakily defined 23d. Fairly demanding all told.

Favourites included the aforementioned 11 and 19, but for COD I’m torn between 10 and 22ac. Both are pretty crafty, but I think we’ll have Joanna:

22ac: “Joanna, goody-goody, tucked into some milk (7)”

For solutions, parsings and appreciative comments, here’s the original Fifteensquared write-up.

11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3092 Radian”

  1. jonofwales said

    A nice puzzle that fell fairly easily, especially for Radian. If like me you started with 23d, then 20/15, then the theme was revealed pretty sharpish, and loads of the answers then became a write-in. But that’s sometimes the case with these heavily themed offerings. 11ac I was pleased to write in confidently from the wordplay. 6ac I might have struggled with if it wasn’t for having encountered a variation on the term recently – was it in the i? I can ‘t remember.

    • Denzo said

      TWOC was indeed in the i, as it’s the only one I do. Easy clue!

      I noticed your comments on the Inquisitor which had looked interesting and am pleased I wasn’t tempted. The grid looked like something the original Inquisitor might have used. I shall look to see if your blog gets any replies!

  2. Denzo said

    In spite of seeing the nasty circular cross-reference I decided to 25A to see what progress I could make over my early morning cuppa and breakfast. The top half looked difficult, so I headed to the SW corner intending to give up if I couldn’t solve the gateway clue. OBSERVANT and DYNE fell fairly soon then the unfortunate king, though I needed Wikipedia to confirm his surname.

    Suspecting a theme I extended my time in Wikipedia revising my mediaeval history, which of course helped with several others. I needed to look up DANELAW and CINCTURES, both words of which I was vaguely aware, needing crossers for the latter, having read the clue as the curé being hidden rather than hiding. (Was I the only one?) I didn’t parse everything, taking UPRIGHT as a double def and ignoring the milk. However I did manage my favourite, GUISE, which defeated some on 225.

    Because of the cross references, I didn’t really take to this puzzle and was surprised to finish it, and quite pleased as, unlike some on 225, we did not know the theme in advance, and it was clearly a high-quality product.

  3. Saboteur said

    I loved this one. Got the theme fairly early on, which helped a bit. Lots of penny-drop moments, which for me are part of the joy of solving the crossword; in particular the DD for STAMFORD BRIDGE and the very neat GUISE. Nice to have TWOC just a few days after “twoccer”, which is no coincidence, I dare say. CINCTURE I knew, having worn one a fair few times, but the one I spent most time trying to parse was UPRIGHT – another splendid clue.

  4. Veronica said

    I enjoyed tussling with this one. Husband and I got there in the end – I’d never have managed this one on my own! Started with OBSERVANT. Then nothing at all for so long that we nearly gave up. Finally did the themed ones, and we were off … only to grind to a halt with 6 to go. These took another age! Lovely clues, and I liked the theme. (Hands up who knew Harold’s surname? I certainly didn’t.)
    Denzo – I smiled to think of you revising your history before coming back to the crossword. Superb! Glad you finished it.
    Never heard of TWOC (even if has been in the
    i before), nor Joanna for piano.
    Favourite was TUBBY. I loved the way it didn’t refer to clue 20. Agree with saboteur and bartade that UPRIGHT was brilliant (penultimate one in).

  5. dtw42 said

    Okay, this *felt like* it was chewy while I was doing it, but even so I had it all finished by 8.15am and therefore before the commute into the living room for work, so it can’t have been that taxing. Like batarde, my LOI was 23d.

  6. Cornick said

    Radian at his best I thought, in a terrific crossword which was definitely tough in my book, but very satisfying to finish unaided. I started with the temporarily discombobulating linked theme words and finished with 23d GUISE – can’t believe that was your first one in Jon!
    Apart from ‘Twoccer’ in the cryptic the other day, we’ve also had ‘Shufti’ in the concise crossword within the last week, which probably helped a bit with that one.

  7. Cornick said

    Btw, I just received a notification that Gila has commented on his Saturday puzzle. Recommended reading 🙂

  8. Willow said

    Very clever.

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