i Cryptic Crossword 3099 Anglio

January 13, 2021

I’m not sure whether this was on the tricky side, or whether solving early just didn’t suit me, but I struggled with Anglio’s puzzle throughout. There are one or two bits of parsing that are difficult to untangle (13ac I’m still not entirely sure I understand), definitions that weren’t always the ones you’d be expecting (1d springs to mind), and of course there’s always the unfamiliarity factor. I shouldn’t complain, though, because this was an engaging puzzle that kept me interested throughout. But let me know how you got on… First in where I started at 24d, last in 19d, finish time easily over par for the i.

COD? I’ll go with the aforementioned 19d – “Fox News screening nothing positive (7)”.

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


Edited to note that we have had another mention in today’s editorial. 😀

12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3099 Anglio”

  1. dtw42 said

    Cor, you’re early today!
    I actually found 90% of it to be very accessible, and got through it at a pretty quick rate; then got thoroughly bogged down on the last 10%. Yes, I couldn’t parse 13ac either, nor 17ac. Needed assistance with 1ac (yes, in hindsight I can see that three’s a crowd, but I’ve never met that in a crossword before) and only got 1dn after that.

  2. Topsy said

    After struggling to cope with the tiny print I managed a few clues but gave up in the end. No staying power obviously 😦

  3. Denzo said

    I agree that 19D was an excellent clue, my one moment of pleasure, and 7D almost as neat. Sadly, there were many I didn’t like even after solving them. In particular, the clues were too long. I gave up with a fifth of the grid unfilled. Not my wavelength.

    • dtw42 said

      Bet the typesetters groan when faced with a set of overlong clues. Grit their teeth, squint their eyes, set negative leading and wash their hands of it.

      • Saboteur said

        You write as if hot metal were still the common means of production! 🙂

      • Denzo said

        Clearly the type-size was a problem for some, so I collected a new pair of varifocals this morning, but my complaint is that the long clues make boring, clunky surfaces which give the solver a glut of information. Much better are the short clues like 9D and 19D, though, for reasons others have pointed out, the former is actually too short!

        Congrats to Jon on getting his point across. Let’s hope that HMG will get something right at last.

  4. Saboteur said

    I found this very tough – but in a good way, that kept me picking away until it was done, and so was very satisfying to complete. Some good, inventive stuff, and imaginative definitions. COALITION, CLOUD and SACKCLOTH in particular got ticks from me.

    Last in were the crossing VENDING MACHINE and DEKKO. This I took to be “de(c)k” + “ko” as two synonyms for “floor” with “look” as the definition. VENDING MACHINE is possibly too loosely clued. I’m not sure how I would have got it without all the crossing letters – but I did get it (with the crossers) and without help, so I think it is on balance ok.

    Nice mention, Jonofwales! And a good point, too.

  5. thebargee said

    Wow, this was a toughie! I never felt that I was quite on the right wavelength, but plodded on and eventually filled the grid. Although I felt I was struggling, I did enjoy unravelling many of the clues.

    Like dtw42 I needed e-help to get 1ac, never would’ve got the ‘three’s a crowd’ reference otherwise. Elsewhere I failed to parse DEKKO and also MOCHA for some reason – must’ve been getting tired!

    I think I would have given up on this one before the pandemic, so the lockdowns have been of some benefit at least 😊

  6. Veronica said

    Hurrah to Jon for his comment to the i editor – I agree (though I’d like both 1st and 2nd jabs enumerated).

    Anyway, the crossword: I’m in two minds.

    I solved snd parsed everything, so that’s rather a Big Plus 👍😊. I loved several clues. Interesting how idiosyncratic reactions to clues are: I absolutely loved 9 down (VENDING MACHINE). It made me laugh. Turns out that it wasn’t very popular with others – and it’s my COD by a long way.

    On the other hand, I read the clues as sentences first, and 1 across gave me such an upsetting image that I was put off from the start. I prefer my crosswords to make me feel good – isn’t that their purpose? Then I grumped over a few little things, but probably all due to 1 across.
    I also agree with Topsy and Denzo. I don’t like long clues because they are harder to read out aloud / remember, if doing the crossword with a partner! And the print was cramped.

  7. Willow said

    I absolutely loved this. It seems, perhaps, that I value surface readings above everything else. Yes, there were some long sentences, but they made complete sense in their own right and were all very fluent. And then I embark on the second stage: actually solving the puzzle. And this is where I occasionally question some clues as being a bit obscure or convoluted – but all is forgiven if the surfaces are excellent. This was most enjoyable – thank you. The best of 2021 so far.

  8. Cornick said

    I’m with Willow on this – I thought it a terrific puzzle. Very inventive wordplay, some nifty definitions, great surface readings and all solved sans aids with a bit of concentration, which is surely the idea.
    Apart from the COD, Dekko and Vending machine were among the highlights. Happy customer again today. 🙂

  9. batarde said

    I found this a joyless slog. Credit: there are some very ingenious constructions; no help was needed, and everything seems to check out. Debit: barely a scrap of enjoyment was derived and I don’t give a monkey’s about surface readings. Grumpy old me.

    Here’s my clue of the day:
    “Try to fish using a singularly useless bit of wood (8)”
    From an old Times puzzle. 🙂

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