i Cryptic Crossword 3295 Peter

August 30, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟

What would the bank holiday bring us, I wondered. Perhaps something chewy to fill the hours indoors in predictably disappointing weather? No, instead we are treated to the most gentle and welcoming puzzle for many a while. Peter has produced a nicely accessible crossword that is suitable for sitting down with a younger family member and showing them how the dark arts work (not so dark, today, though). All the word-play was very clearly signalled, and the definitions were likewise straightforward and unambiguous.

Only one clue proved puzzling to me, which was SHERPA, my last one in. I had the crossing letters, and unsurprisingly given what’s in the news, I could not unsee “Sharia”. I had to look closely at it to spot that it was a hidden inclusion. I didn’t know that Sherpa was a language, but one of the joys of crosswords is that you regularly learn new things.

The clue for EROS was entertaining (well at least to a retired theologian, it was) but the Clue of the Day I’ve chosen is 13d: “By which to find out what went wrong with parking at most hectic northbound subway (10)”.

Here’s the link for all the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/05/21/independent-on-sunday-1421peter/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3295 Peter”

  1. Cornick said

    12 anagrams, either full or partial, including my favourite clue today for BOSTON TEA PARTY where the fodder and anagram indicator were beautifully themed to the answer with ‘fixed bayonets’. Also liked ‘innocent abroad’ in 18a.
    First time I’ve seen ‘about’ used as a hidden indicator in SHERPA, which along with the CoD made that SE corner quite tricky for me at least.

  2. jonofwales said

    Yes, a great puzzle that didn’t hold me up for too long. Puzzlement here too at the close regarding SHERPA, my blindspot for hidden words having let me down again, and despite it looking likely from checking letters.

  3. dtw42 said

    I’d have said two stars, as a few held me up for a while. Surely 13d is (4-6) not (10)? Anyway, finished a little after 11am.

    • Cornick said

      I thought that too. COED has 4-6, Chambers either 4-6 or 4,6, but it’s Collins that has it as ‘10’, so to speak.

  4. thebargee said

    Oops… slipped up at the end, couldn’t quite make sense of 28a so bunged in CYMBALS as the instrument. Ho hum.

    Like others, I was slightly bemused by ‘about’ as a containment indicator in 19d and, yes, there were quite a few anagrams, but there were some good surfaces, particularly, as Cornick says, for BOSTON TEA PARTY. I also liked SCROUNGE and BRAHMS.

    Didn’t know you could spell 1a with double B, so along with SHERPA as a language that’s 2 nuggets of knowledge acquired today😊.

  5. Willow said

    I’d have said 2* myself, but perhaps some way between 1 and 2 is fair. Certainly not 3. I enjoyed this very much – thank you. I spotted nine absolutely excellent clues: 5, 14, 21, 28, 2/8, 3, 5, 15 and 17; of which I would say I though 2/8 was the best. All have very fine surface readings. Having said that, all the other clues were great as well, although 19 and 24 were a bit sneaky …

    I was greatly privileged to meet and travel with actual real Sherpas during a school expedition to Nepal twelve years ago. We trekked around the foothills of the Annapurna range – (fond memories of seeing the Fishtail Mountain up close) – and the Sherpas carried the great mass of all our kit. Each of them had three large holdalls on their backs, and they all strode off into the mist and got to the next stage much faster than we did, carrying our light packs. Amazing, lovely people.

    • Cornick said

      I did the Annapurna circuit myself in the 80s – Machhapuchhare was a highlight indeed, and the Sherpas as impressive a people as you say.

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