i Cryptic Crossword 3133 Vigo

February 22, 2021

Another fairly straightforward, thoroughly enjoyable offering from Vigo kicks off the week, though at times I did wonder if the weekend had left me a little 10ac, as I felt that I made heavy weather of this. A fixation with GENT for “chap” at 17d will be partly to blame, a failure to pluck the needed river for 6d out of thin air, and a bit of a tussle with the wonderfully terse 24ac too, as well as general shock on having to stagger out of bed earlier than accustomed now that half term is over, schooling from home or not. That said I still finished comfortably under par for the i, though with a little more concentration required than I expected based on Vigo’s previous outings. After having said last week that I was looking forward to more from Lohengrin, only to find it was probably his finale, I’m a little hesitant to say that I’m looking forward to more from Vigo, but, well, I am!

COD? Quite a few to pick from today, it must be said. I’ve already mentioned 24ac. 19ac is equally succinctly and nicely done, and 15d struck me as being a good spot, with loads more I could recommend, but I’ll go with 21ac – “Cow on top of a headless sheep (7)”.

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


And just a note finally, after what struck me as being some tense exchanges over the weekend, to all be nice to each other. 🙂 Ta.

11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3133 Vigo”

  1. Denzo said

    I certainly found the top half straightforward, but the bottom was tricky in parts, but none the less enjoyable. However, I was pleased to see GNUS quickly, as it’s the sort of clue over which I might have taken ages on another day. I temporarily had the same Issue with 17 as the first reply on 225; on the other hand fixation with M(ale) rather than GENT held me up on 27! I hope I will not cause anyone offence by differing on that, but I feel if we always agree, there is not a lot of point in coming here.

  2. Cornick said

    Agreed. Some good ones in there. Top half straightforward, bottom half had quite a few that left me staring blankly feeling a bit stupid until I nibbled away round the edges to finally get a completed grid. Vigo (who we will indeed be seeing a lot more of) seems to be racking up the difficulty level just a little but steadily, puzzle by puzzle.

  3. jonofwales said

    I have just noticed that we have had another mention on page 32 of today’s paper. Instead of Googling answers to crossword clues, I will have to track down David Hughes and thank him. 😉

  4. Saboteur said

    Yes, agreed. Very enjoyable, and nothing to quibble with. All over a bit too quickly, but looking forward to more Vigo in the future.

  5. tonnelier said

    Just 14 and 15 held me up, though they really shouldn’t have done. I had CRE to start 14, which didn’t help. I thought 15 quite clever with the misleading SECONDS, which seemed to account for the two Ss; took me ages to parse this correctly.

    The rest was straightforward, with 21a the stand-our clue for me

  6. batarde said

    Superior crossword; thoroughly enjoyable. I particularly liked 15d because it had me foxed for quite a while. Obvious when you see it though, which is often the sign of a good ‘un.

  7. dtw42 said

    Fairly busy work day coupled with lateish paper delivery meant I was only able to look at a small portion of this in the morning and have only just got back to it now; however, all was pleasant fair and coimprehensible enough: fine Monday fare.
    My LOI was 17dn (well, something had to be).
    My only marginal annotations were chuckles alongside 10ac and 21dn.

  8. Veronica said

    Er, not so easy over here. I also managed the top half without undue difficulty … but was left with several unfinished in the bottom half. Sigh.
    Nice crossword, though.

  9. Willow said

    An excellent puzzle – thank you!

  10. allan_c said

    Enjoyed this on its first outing in 2016 – same again this time, and my CoD is still GNUS.

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