i Cryptic Crossword 3264 by Vigo

July 24, 2021

Vigo appeared in Alan Connor’s ‘Meet the Setter’ series last month, and comes across as being every bit as pleasant as one might hope. Click here to read the article. In it she says she thinks that when solvers see her name on a puzzle they might think “Maybe I’ll finish this one” or “this will be quick”, depending on how experienced they are… Today’s fitted that bill nicely. Just right for the Monday when it first appeared perhaps, but personally it was maybe a bit too ‘read & write’ for a wet weekend with time on my hands. Not the setter’s fault of course.

Clues from Vigo will always be impeccably turned out with plausible surfaces, there was also a good variety of devices used, with VERONICA (hello Veronica!) being the sole complete anagram. Nothing particularly outstanding I thought, but this neat example of Vigo’s work gets my Clue Of the Day nomination:

3d Embarrass oddly deficient god (4)

The answer is also the surname of one Veronica Mars who you will all know as the eponymous heroine of the American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. No? Me neither. In the comments on Fifteensquared Vigo hopes that didn’t detract from the fun. Well why should it? Only that the grid, with its 36 clues did rather scream that there was a theme somewhere, so it’s a little disappointing to not be able to discover it. In her comment she also explains all the themed entries if you’re interested.

For answers, parsings and comments from 2017 click below.

Independent 9,471 by Vigo

12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3264 by Vigo”

  1. dtw42 said

    Glad of an easier one after yesterday’s. No, I didn’t spot the ghost theme. I have *heard of* Veronica Mars but that’s about it.

  2. Veronica said

    Lovely surfaces and fairly pleasant to solve – it was indeed finished and quick. I probably still have time to sort my sock drawer and mow the grass now 😉.
    Theme? Er? Never heard of V.M.
    The CoD was obviously 27 down 👋.
    Though I did like Cornick’s COD; and also 10 across (INOCULATE).

  3. Saboteur said

    I thought there might be a theme when I got NEPTUNE fairly soon after getting MARS. I soon disabused myself of that idea, though. Never heard of the actualghost-theme,but it didn’t actually matter.

    All good and enjoyable. Very good surface readings, no problematic parsing and no obscurites. A delight, therefore, to solve – but I too would have preferred something chewier for a Saturday.

    DASTARDLY seemed vaguely familiar… 🙂

  4. Brock said

    Yep, good straightforward puzzle, nothing too taxing, but it agreeably passed half an hour. Didn’t spot the theme but suspected there might be one.

    Favourite clue was the one and only cryptic definition at 6d. Least favourite clue was 30d (it required specialist knowledge of the crossword definition of “unchecked”, and even then it was a bit contorted).

    One thing I noticed was that there were no multi-word entries. so I was denied my usual start-up procedure of drawing all the lines in! In fact I was struck by how short many of the answers were. Is a maximum answer length of nine unusual?

    • Cornick said

      Yes it is very unusual for an unthemed puzzle with nothing going on, but average word length tends to get shorter and shorter as themed word counts increase. Hence my conviction that there had to be a theme, and a fair time wasted trying unsuccessfully to spot it!

  5. thebargee said

    Very enjoyable, although over and done with too quickly, but no complaints from me. After yesterday’s stinker it was a relief to complete a puzzle with relatively few clues that necessitated dredging up someone’s name in order to unravel the wordplay. Yes, there was ALI (but who hasn’t heard of him?) and IBIZA (never been, but not hard to guess), but the rest was refreshingly clear of such indirection.

    I would love to add my vote for CoD to 17d (I think that’s what you meant to type Veronica, there’s no 27d!), but I have to agree with Cornick, 3a gets it.

  6. Willow said

    Thank you for a most enjoyable puzzle!

  7. Amateur said

    I didn’t understand the definition of “Leo” (21 across) – the fifteensquared comments suggest this was a great clue, but I’m mystified – am I missing something very obvious?

    Otherwise this was a pleasant and easy ish solve.

    • Veronica said

      Hello Amateur
      The definition is “man”, ie, in this case, a man’s name.
      Different bloggers on fifteensquared show which part is the definition in different ways. This blogger used red underline to indicate the definition.
      Isle of Man was to mislead! The answer is hidden in “isle of” – with “man” as a separate definition.

      • Cornick said

        Thanks Veronica. A lot of solvers enjoy concision in a clue, but for me ‘Man’ as a definition for an answer which is a personal name was unlikely to warrant CoD status!

  8. Amateur said

    Many thanks for the elucidation Veronica – I’d never have spotted that! I agree with Cormick, not a great clue for me either, with such a vague definition – though, I guess it’s one that’s been used before in crosswordland many times.

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