i Cryptic Crossword 3242 Vigo

June 29, 2021

A fun puzzle today from the ever-entertaining Vigo, which will be all the more amusing to those who are familiar with the theme.  This will probably turn out to be age sensitive, but if you were in the habit of watching children’s TV in the 1970s you’re certainly in with a good chance of spotting it.

There’s nothing difficult here, I think, and certainly no outlandish vocabulary.  I have no complaints, but you’ll find a few in the comments on the original blog – nothing that signifies, though.  The beauty of Vigo’s crosswords lies in the elegant and often witty turn of phrase, and as such there’ll be plenty of candidates for a clue of the day according to taste.  Don’t be backward in coming forward with them.  My choice, 7d came in for the comment “struggles to communicate what’s required”, which sounds like an attempt to patronise the setter to me.  I think it’s just fine, thank you very much.

“Every Monday performing head stand in a modest fashion (6)”


16 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3242 Vigo”

  1. Denzo said

    Elegant and witty, as Batarde says, with no cause for complaint, IMO. The eldest of my three children was born in 1970, but I guess they weren’t into whatever the theme was, as the only names that rang any bells for me were the pair in 28a.

    The slight ambiguity noted in 225 on 18a can’t be denied, but gwep’s response #10 shows why this clue is OK. I spent a little time sussing what was required for 7d, but eventually remembered a puzzle a few months ago when a similar device knocked an N sideways into a Z. I would invite the contributor who “struggled”, to suggest a better way tocommunicate the message without spoonfeeding the solver too much!

    My own favourite was 16d, having spent too much time trying to play with a LIAR rather than a LIER

  2. Cornick said

    Spot on for my age group thank you Vigo. Mind you, had it not been Tuesday in the i therefore Theme-day, I perhaps wouldn’t have gone looking. But it was and I did and indeed spotted all (I think) of the links.
    Very nice indeed. This setter goes from strength to strength. Super smooth construction has been enriched by a bit more devilment than those earlier puzzles, and is all the better for it in my book.
    Wasn’t there a recent Alan Connor ‘Meet the Setter’ about her?

  3. Saboteur said

    Splendid. It being a Tuesday I did look for a theme, but missed it, despite smiling in happy reminiscence when I read 23ac.

    Very nice surface readings, and some good clue constructions. A pleasure to solve.

    Completely agree about MEEKLY. Very neatly done.

  4. Brock said

    The presence of Dastardly and Muttley in the clue for 28a meant that I (unusually) spotted the theme, and it even helped me with 1d. Still managed to miss some of the thematic references in the grid (3d, 18a, 23a, 7d) – my memory of the show isn’t as good as I thought it was.

    Good puzzle, pitched at just about the right level I thought. First one in was 19d, purely because part of it was in capital letters and my eye was drawn to it first! Favourite was probably 1a for the bizarre anagram, although 7d was undoubtedly very ingenious.

    16d was a bit of a dog’s breakfast, though. LIER is listed in some dictionaries as the agent noun from “lie” (=”be horizontal”), but has anyone ever seen or heard it in use? I don’t think I have. As for BELL = “ring”, the only equivalence I can think of is in “give me a bell” = “give me a ring” (both colloqualisms for “phone me”). Given that LIBELLER itself isn’t too common a word, I think the subsidiary indications were a bit on the obscure side.

  5. batarde said

    Now inviting alternative clues for “libeller”.

  6. dtw42 said

    Solved over breakfast failed to parse 3nd (though now I see the explanation, that’s entirely fair enough, and my failing) … didn’t spot the theme though.

  7. Willow said

    A most enjoyable puzzle – thank you – with no clue less than excellent and quite a few that were brilliant, including that for MEEKLY. I spotted the theme only after reading the first (and only the first …) sentence in Batarde’s summary. Happy memories of Dick and his long-suffering pooch in both Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines – aka Catch the Pigeon. On the face of it they don’t look like intelligent cartoons, but they are in fact really subtle and sophisticated.

    By the way, GALS as a word is perfectly acceptable to me. In this context it was synonymous with Lasses or young girls. It has no sexual or exploitative overtones in itself. Guys and Gals is a commonly used phrase which employs slang/informal references to both genders.

  8. jonofwales said

    An enjoyable breeze that I knew must feature a theme, but it was one I miserably failed to spot. In retrospect it’s one I should have… We don’t get many light and fluffy Tuesday offerings, it occurs to me, in contrast to the days when Virgilius would be invariably so.

  9. Veronica said

    Didn’t quite finish, but then I was trying to solve between watching sets of tennis on tv. Didn’t get 1 down, having put “derig” in at 9 across.
    However, not only did I enjoy this a lot, but I spotted the theme 😳😮 (yeah, and I still missed 1 down).
    My favourites have already been mentioned: that fantastic anagram in 1 across, and the completely fair and imaginative 7 down.

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