i Cryptic Crossword 3296 Radian

August 31, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Our Tuesday theme this week is on the subject of map-reading, and for once it’s one that I spotted. I would like to say that it’s because my powers of observation are improving, but I suspect it’s more likely because I had plenty of time to mull over the grid and spot some pretty blatant references. At this point I was then on the lookout for further thematic entries, which certainly helped, but unfortunately less so in the NW corner where I struggled at the close. On looking back nothing was unfair, so no complaints here over having to spend a little time on some pretty neat wordplay followed by lots of – “of course” – moments. At the close only a few went in not fully understood, all of them thematic entries I’d spotted, so I’d have to say that Radian made me work hard today.

COD? With lots to pick from, I’ll go with 7d – “Line with a pole at each end led outing astray (9)”.

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


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3296 Radian”

  1. Grodnik said

    Totally agree with jonofwales, a bit of a struggle (double par) despite the themed references, which I spotted only late in the day. Would an interpreter of satellite images be a 10,11 I wonder? COD very clever. NDY

  2. Cornick said

    For me this was much easier than last week’s Anax, but still warranted 4*.
    Very enjoyable, a real one-quarter-at-a-time puzzle with the SW being the last.
    However, nothing proved to be intractable once it had been given careful thought, and a beautifully realised theme gave an extra layer once it revealed itself about 2/3 the way through.
    That CoD and the clue for TORONTO we’re my favourites today.

  3. Saboteur said

    Yes, very tough, taking me much longer than usual. The SW corner in particular proved difficult. As Jonofwales says, though, in retrospect everything seemed fair – a sure sign of a well constructed crossword.

    Spotted the theme, although a little too late for it to be much help. Kicking myself for not spotting that ORDNANCE and SURVEY were adjacent.

    ALAMEDA was new to me.

  4. Willow said

    Very good indeed – many thanks. Plenty to keep you on your toes, and all clues were most carefully constructed, with very imaginative misdirection at times. I had only one query at the end, resolved by Fifteensquared: the double meaning of SUPPLY in 11. I’m pleased to say that I immediately thought of W for WHISKEY in 1, as the fact that there is an E in it either makes it an Irish/American drink, (as opposed to Scotch Whisky), or a part of the phonetic alphabet.

  5. thebargee said

    Too tough for me today, threw in the towel with about a quarter left to do. Unlike Cornick, I found this much harder than anything in the last couple of weeks.

    • Cornick said

      That Anax last week had POSTBUS and ADAR, neither of which I’d heard of, crossing with a triple-lighted SICK BUILDING SYNDROME, which I’d also never heard of, and had a cryptic, whimsical definition.
      At least Radian gave us a chance!

      • thebargee said

        Yeah, I sort of agree, on a different day I might have done better (didn’t sleep at all well last night), but ALAMEDA and MOVING MAP were both new to me and WAYMARKED isn’t a word that would have sprung to my mind. All fairly clued though.

      • jonofwales said

        FWIW, today’s Radian took me marginally (very marginally!) longer than last week’s Anax.

  6. dtw42 said

    I finished it at 6.55am … But today (Wednesday)!
    Admittedly yesterday I was feeling very poorly so probably couldn’t give it my best attention, but still had to come here & find the general consensus that it was a tough one. Dare I admit to missing the theme?

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