i Cryptic Crossword 3106 Daedalus

January 21, 2021

Over on Fifteensquared the original blogger noted that today a bit of lateral thinking was required, and in the comments somebody else noted that they entered a few unparsed. Today any lateral thinking seemed to be beyond me, as I entered most of the clues either with little idea of what was going on, or in several cases none at all. Now, I still finished easily under par for the i, so you could argue that I was given enough to work with, but it still felt like a far from comfortable solve where I half expected to grind to a halt any second when inspiration failed me. Interesting and enjoyable nevertheless, quite different to the puzzles we’ve had the rest of the week. Perhaps best described as lively? Let me know how you got on, anyway.

COD? I’ll go with 31ac – “French novelist’s ‘babbling stream and brook’ (8)”.

To December 2016 where thankfully the always reliable duncanshiell has all the answers and parsing of the clues:


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3106 Daedalus”

  1. Denzo said

    6/10! More challenging than recent days and lots of clever stuff to enjoy, but I didn’t like having to insert MNEMONIC and GIOTTO solely on the strength of crossers, although I suspected that NEMO was relevant to the former, and, since I am not a fan of Disney films, a visit to Wikipedia might have helped.

    Without these and one or two other obscurities, which I managed to solve half-parsed, it would have been a 10/10.

    My feelings were similar to Jon’s. I suspected early on that lateral thinking was needed, but most of it eluded me. However, 1a and 28a were clues where a letter needed to be replaced, and I think there were others such.

    To end on a positive note I would select CROQUET as my favourite, but there were several candidates.

  2. dtw42 said

    That was a bit weird wasn’t it?
    I got most of it in fine (though with two or three unparsed – like that 1ac, and 17dn) but then needed electronic assistance for my last few: 28, 29 and 31 (27 also only became apparent after 29 and 31 were done; perhaps it might have sprung more readily to mind for the religiously inclined).

  3. Saboteur said

    Loved it! Inventive and amusing. It took me a while to tune in to the setter’s wavelength, but then I raced through it and finished in good time.

    I may be wrong, but isn’t there a third definition in TYPE, which is “giving input”?

    Lots of good clues, my favourite being ESAU.

    • Denzo said

      It crossed my mind, too, but didn’t dwell on it as I had solved the clue. I think you’re right, but it’s one of those puzzles!

  4. Carpetowl said

    A great puzzle today – like most solvers I couldn’t parse MNEMONIC or FLAUBERT until the crossing letters (especially the U derived from ESAU ) made the solutions more evident. But very enjoyable. My favourite (in admitted retrospect) was 30ac; a self-referencing method of anagramming REG – but let’s hope this approach is a one-off!

  5. batarde said

    What dtw42 said: it was indeed a bit weird. Quite a rewarding puzzle in fact, what with the wavelength tuning and funny little mental jumps to be made – all in all this is comfortably my favourite Daedalus thus far, and more in a similar vein would be very welcome, thank you. I failed to parse 1ac except for the lost fish, which is a pity because I missed out on a good penny drop there through lack of effort. Everything else worked to my satisfaction though, and I particularly liked 6, 17 and 19. Good stuff, highly entertaining.

  6. Veronica said

    Loved it. Quirky!
    I didn’t finish it, because I couldn’t get GIOTTO and I couldn’t parse 4 others (the usual suspects). But, I loved the reasoning once I’d looked on fifteensquared. It was really fun to do.

    Since I ticked 9 clues as potential CoDs, I don’t think I can nominate just one! My potentials included the same as other people have nominated, though.

  7. thebargee said

    Really loved this! Lots of great clues and clever wordplay and I was pleased to finish in a respectable time. The only 2 I failed to parse were the inevitable 1ac and 10ac. I was chuffed to get GIOTTO from the wordplay with no crossers, still not quite sure how I managed to dredge that one up!

    I think my personal COD was CAMPER VAN, it made me laugh. LOI was the aforementioned 10ac. This was easily my favourite puzzle of the week.

  8. Cornick said

    Perky, inventive and enjoyable, but I was left feeling that some of the clues would have benefited from more work or a bit more polish to elevate the puzzle to something truly special. Not sure I can explain that caveat, it’s just an impression.

  9. Willow said

    This puzzle caused a mixture of emotions. Immediately irked by the setter referring directly to himself in two clues, (the answer to one of which implies that he regards himself as Awesome), I was also struck by how frequently the first personal pronoun singular – I – appears in other clues.

    On the other hand, I thought the majority of the clues were highly inventive and imaginative, and I solved the puzzle having parsed them all, which was most satisfying. Overall: – a good one!

  10. Mark Perrin said

    I’m still struggling to see why Flaubert is the answer – clearly a french novelist but I don’t see the wordplay at all

    • jonofwales said

      Hi Mark. From Fifteensquared: “FLAU (sounds like [babbling] FLOW [stream]) + BERT (in this case, pronounced [babbling] BEAR [brook])”.

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