i Cryptic Crossword 3217 Peter

May 31, 2021

A welcome return for Peter this Bank Holiday Monday after what I feel has been a long absence. As expected this was a bright, breezy solve, with only the choice of blade to the NW and a very nice bit of misdirection regarding a prince who it transpires isn’t one from Troy to the SE. Your spelling may have been put to the test at 10ac, and I wonder if I was alone in finishing with a moment of slight concern on the possibility of getting stuck at the close, yet again, at 24ac, only to realise MONO, something, and watch the rest fall into place. Lots of fun then that gives us loads of time to enjoy the sunshine (we’re throwing caution to the wind and attempting a barbecue here), and also the day’s concise which I thought was on the tricky side.

COD? Just because of the lovely bit of misdirection, 22ac – “Hot meal prepared by Troy’s prince (6)”.

And so to a Sunday in darkest January 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3217 Peter”

  1. Cornick said

    Oops, it seems I blundered on 7d, entering Preface and then coming here to see how it was parsed. Apparently it’s PRESAGE with RES being short for ‘Research’; well that’s a new abbreviation on me.
    Nice puzzle, pretty straightforward, no complaints apart from the unnecessary question mark at the end of 5d GLOOMY, which was otherwise one of the several very well crafted clues.

  2. dtw42 said

    My paper turned up so late that I actually did this (along with the 5-clue and the concise) on the phone app instead, which was a rare and slightly strange experience for me. At least it did allow me to check my answers – I too had to have a couple of goes at 7dn before landing on the right solution. I suppose ‘res’ for ‘research’ as in standard academic journal name abbreviations? … but those are a bit esoteric. (The juvenile may amuse themselves with the abbreviation for the Journal of Productivity Analysis.)

  3. bop said

    Bright and breezy indeed, like the weather here, so good luck with the BBQ. 99.9 times in 100, if crossing letters and definition both suggest a certain answer which I can’t parse, I get away with sticking it in, but today was caught out like others with PREFACE. I was also held up with three in the SE corner, eg by not recognising T as an abbreviation for Troy in th COD.

    In spite of that it was a delightful puzzle with many very simple but very clever clues such as 6d and my favourite, 12a.

  4. batarde said

    Another pleasantly perky Peter puzzle – and yes, it does seem quite a while since the last. All done and dusted without hiccups, and thoroughly enjoyed. I’m rather hoping that there’ll be phonetic objection to 13ac … it’s a bit exasperating to have tee’d up a stupid word for contentious homophones only for none to come along. Sigh. 🙄

  5. tonnelier said

    Objecting to the homophone in 13a, while of course strictly speaking justified, would be too pedantic even for me.

    • Cornick said

      It beats me to think how one could pronounce Handel other than ‘handle’!

      • batarde said

        Try it with a German accent. 🙂

      • tonnelier said

        There should be an umlaut on the A, so the German pronunciation is nearer to Hendle

      • Cornick said

        Thanks for the help chaps, but I have never seen an umlaut over the a in Handel, and given that he was a naturalised British subject, the usual ‘handle’ pronunciation seems, well, usual.

  6. Saboteur said

    Very nice. The perfect accompaniment to a gin and tonic in the garden on a warm and sunny Bank Holiday. No complaints from me,

    I agree with HAMLET as CoD. I very nearly fell for the misdirection, but did stop to parse it before commiting ink to paper. I loved GLOO Y and CLOG DANCE as well.

    As to the homophone in 12ac: it came to my rescue after thinking it must start with “Bach” as I had the crossing A and H, and it was a moment or two before I gave up on that and the proverbial penny dropped.

  7. Willow said

    A beautiful puzzle – thank you. I think the Handel/handle homophone is perfectly acceptable. Born in Halle, Georg Friederich probably did pronounce it Hendel to start with, but on later peregrinations in Italy, England and Ireland he probably experienced people pronouncing it in various ways. By the end of his career, having been established in London for ages, his name had become fully anglicised: George Frideric Handel.

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