i Cryptic Crossword 3130 Lohengrin

February 18, 2021

With most setters I can sort of gauge what kind of puzzle is on offer, in terms of style and / or difficulty, but Lohengrin is one of those (newer) setters who I feel I haven’t quite got a handle on yet. As it was today was one of those odd solves where I finished comfortably under par for the i, but with loads lobbed in on definition, with some of the wordplay remaining a bit of a mystery. Could I have untangled them if I’d taken the time? Maybe, but answers like CATERER, PLEASED TO HEAR IT, EXHIBITOR, etc, were pretty fair bets based on checking letters. The long answers across the top and bottom of the grid (what else was dangerous game likely to be?) were pretty generous on the part of the setter too. Overall enjoyable and not too challenging, though I’m still not sure what to expect the next time we get a Lohengrin puzzle.

COD? I’ll go with 14d – “The gap developing between infection and food (9)”.

To November 2016 for all the answers and parsing of the clues, though it should be noted that there may be two versions of 8d doing the rounds, at least based on this puzzle’s original appearance. My paper copy parses as an anagram of 25ac, with S and the last letter from “silver”, as per the clue noted at the end of the comments on the other side.


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3130 Lohengrin”

  1. Cornick said

    Online version as per Fifteensquared.
    Quite similar in style to eXternal yesterday, I thought. Plenty of misdirection as Gaufrid mentioned on the other side.
    This also seems to have been the last of Lohengrin’s 11 crosswords with the Independent so perhaps our paths may not cross again. If that’s the case, then many thanks Lohengrin – quality puzzles every one.

  2. Saboteur said

    Good one. Sorry to hear we may not get any more. I struggled to parse PLEASED TO HEAR IT, but that was me being dense, nothing wrong with the clue. Otherwise, all fine, and done in a little under par.

  3. Veronica said

    I really enjoyed this one.
    Exactly the right level of difficulty, with a few going in immediately, several more after some thought, the last ones solved after much more thought – and then two taking me ages to parse (DONATED, THEATRE). All done. Perfect.
    Smooth surfaces, different types of clues. I’d ask nothing more.
    Yep, Jon, I liked your COD too. Also loved 16 down (ARROWROOT).

  4. batarde said

    Quite a sneaky puzzle in places which repaid unpicking, although as Jon said there were quite a few which could have been chucked in confidently without bothering. I’ve never had much of an idea what to expect from this setter, but if this is the last it’s a pity because there’s never been much cause for complaint. Let us hope that this is not the case, and it’s in fact the Prelude to Act II … 🙂

  5. tonnelier said

    Lohengrin has a highly individual style, which I enjoy. There were lots of pleasing misdirections here, with a few gems like 14, 21 and 16.
    My only tiny quibble was in the clue for 19, where cat for boat seems to be pushing it a bit!

    • Cornick said

      Cat is in pretty common usage within the yachting community, and I note the dictionaries have it as a shortened form in its own right rather than just as an abbreviation.
      My only quibble was ‘increase’ as a reversal indicator in 8d, which seems have been changed for the paper version.

  6. thebargee said

    Ran out of time earlier with 5 clues unsolved in the SE corner. Rather than put it aside and return to it this evening, I blagged the answers from 225, so this is my third DNF on the trot.

    I wish I hadn’t done that now, because the ones I didn’t solve were all eminently gettable. I thought this was a really good crossword, it’d be a shame if there are no more.

  7. dtw42 said

    Finished at 6.30pm with 8dn and 15ac.
    I had a big “WHY?” written next to 13dn, and having seen the answer to that question now via 15², my response is “pah” – feels like a clue where the setter’s getting tired and can’t be arsed to write proper wordplay.

  8. Willow said

    Loved the puzzle – except 1A which I could not parse satisfactorily. I eventually wrote it in (it couldn’t be anything else) and imagined it was some sort of cryptic definition. Having read 225 I now see the light …

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