i Cryptic Crossword 3223 Vigo

June 7, 2021

Vigo to start the week with a top-notch puzzle that I for one thought was one of the best. Finely and imaginatively clued throughout, accessible with enough easy clues to get you into the grid and a few to chew over, especially in the NE corner. And, oh, a ghost theme that I suspect most will have missed all these years later, but that, as they should, did nothing to distract from a fun solve. At the close I was left with 10ac unparsed, though with no doubt as to the answer, and a finish time comfortably under par for the i. And just to reiterate – what a great puzzle. 🙂

COD? With 17d in the runner-up spot, the really rather impressive 18d – “Added appropriate punctuation to pop up advertisement involving female on date (8)”.

To January 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


15 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3223 Vigo”

  1. dtw42 said

    Ah, I wouldn’t have spotted the ghost theme even at the time. Hey ho. 17dn garnered a massive groan for the old chestnut. ‘Hyphen’ as a verb, while in Chambers, sounds decidedly weird to me, and I’m not about to stop using ‘hyphenate’ (which, given my job, I have to use a lot).

    Note I’ve just had a recommendation for Rodriguez’ Indy puzzle from Saturday. Some abstruse vocabulary there but anyone tackling it will soon see why and forgive it.

  2. bop said

    Imaginative – yes! i found this an enjoyable mixture of the easy and very tricky, and couldn´t parse 12a and 8d. 17d was clever, a laugh out loud moment, which (unlike some on your fifteen squared link, apparently) I hadn´t seen before.
    Does anyone here do the i´s concise crossword? Today´s paper gives “feature film” for Saturday´s 14a. “feature film”. “Western film” would also fit. Shouldn´t comcise crosswords avoid such ambiguities?

  3. batarde said

    The theme being entirely outwith my ken, I was free to enjoy the puzzle just for its own sake, and duly did. Notably good clue writing as usual, and a little more difficult than we’ve seen before in my opinion. That NE corner did feel rather out of balance, and the Brompton which I’ve only just noticed probably didn’t help much. Neither of these things detracted from my enjoyment. As dtw42 says, “hyphened” sounds funny, as if coined by a desperate lyricist seeking a rhyme for “siphoned”. 18d is still a worthy CoD, however.

  4. Saboteur said

    Missed the theme, but I doubt I would have spotted it under any circumstances, as I never watched that programme.

    I struggled a bit with this, but it’s probably my fault, as I’m very tired after a visit to That London to see a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe (brilliant, btw).

    Took me much longer than I expected. No problems, though, although for some reason I just couldn’t parse CROUP. I liked the old chestnut decreased for IRONED, and likewise the unable anagram. HYPHENED does sound odd, and I don’t think it will catch on, but it was a great clue.

  5. Don Geraldus said

    Can anyone explain the theme, please?

    • jonofwales said

      It’s team names from The Apprentice, apparently. I wouldn’t have recognised any, though they all sound outlandish enough.

  6. Willow said

    I regret that I can’t explain the theme, because I never watch that show, but I did at least spot that there was a theme, and thought it might be something to do with names given to Royal Navy vessels.

    This was absolutely excellent – thank you. It took me a long time and kept me thinking but it was well worth it. I particularly liked 13, 16, 21, 1, 5, 6, 17 and 23.

  7. thebargee said

    I was left with CROUP and EMPIRE unsolved at the end, but thoroughly enjoyed the rest. Yes, 23d is a chestnut, but it was still one of the last of the entries I got.
    28a raised a laugh and was my favourite of the day.

    • Cornick said

      I was left with CROUP and EMPIRE at the end too, but fortunately that was at the start of a long car journey during which I had a chance to mull over what ‘judge’ might mean (umpire) then try to think of a disorder that might go C?O?P; so all done and satisfactorily dusted.
      Very, very good.
      Can’t abide The Apprentice so theme counted for nothing.
      Favourites were 4a, 10a, 13a, 1d, 6d, and 15d.

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