i Cryptic Crossword 3307 Poins

September 13, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

Poins is a setter I’m not too familiar with, so it took me a while to get into his way of thinking. Once I did, though, this turned out to be a relative straightforward solve, and it was no surprise to find that this was originally an IoS crossword.

RED PENCIL took me by surprise. It was not a phrase I knew, although the process of pointing out errors using a red-coloured writing implement is something I am more than familiar with. Another thing I learned was the existence of the place called Welling in south London. I tend to panic a bit on seeing the “somewhere in London” indication; beside the famous bits, there are just so many of them that I never know where to start. Fortunately my guess turned out to be right.

Only one thing eluded me, which was the second definition for OVERRIDE. But that was more than outweighed by lots of other good and entertaining clues. I liked SOFT ON (Dario Fo is the only Italian playwright I can think of, so I’m glad it was him that was referred to). I loved the clue for SYDNEY. Clue of the Day, though, goes to the amusing double-definition in 10ac: “Iron sink (8)”.

Follow the link for the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/05/07/independent-on-sunday-1419-poins/

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3307 Poins”

  1. jonofwales said

    Agreed with the rating. No major holdups here until I reached the NW corner where 11ac and 12d caused some issues. 1d is SORT OF, isn’t it?

  2. Saboteur said

    That’s what I entered. Definition = rather. Kind = sort. of = Italian playwright (Dario) Fo reversed (about).

  3. dtw42 said

    ^What these guys said.

    OVERRIDE was the only one that left in pencil at the end, as it had me slightly baffled. Still, I was done by 7.40 so would agree with the ** rating.

  4. Grodnik said

    Yes, a gentle and pleasant ride today. No specialist knowledge required, no theme, no missed Nina to feel badly about.
    My father, who never uttered an obscenity in my earshot, used the phrase “what the blue pencil” instead. It was only in later life that I discovered that this referred to the practice of paper-based censorship using blue crayons. My teachers at school were more than happy to use the red pencil. The dreaded “SEE ME”. NDY

  5. Cornick said

    I don’t think I’ve ever done a Daily Telegraph puzzle, but in my imagination, a Poins puzzle is just what they’re like.
    Looking forward to tomorrow – Tuesday theme day is my favourite of the week. 🙂

  6. Willow said

    I think I found this tougher than other contributors, but I greatly enjoyed the (slow) process of solving it. Many thanks. Loads of great clues, and nothing at all dodgy.

    If I may digress …

    During my teaching career (Music, Latin, RE, Geography) I always used red pen to annotate students’ work. My thinking was that if I thought I had something useful to say, it needed to stand out, and most students wrote in blue or black. I was intrigued that science teachers often marked in green or purple ink. One of my tutors at teaching training college urged us to use pencil as, in his words: “The students can erase your comments if they don’t like them.” I consider myself to be a woolly-minded, sherry-sipping, sandal-shod liberal, but I haven’t gone quite that far …

    • Cornick said

      I think most schools now insist on teachers using green pen, as it’s deemed to be less like ‘Stop doing that’ and more like ‘Go this way’. Psychology of colours or something.

  7. Borodin said

    Held up in the NW corner for too long, convinced that ‘make waves’ was the definition in 1ac. Once I got that and then found the synonym for ‘anger’ in 9ac the rest fell into place and I’ll go with the 2* rating.

  8. Only getting around to this today, and was enjoyable once I got into the swing, particularly as both my name Sydney, and my wife’s, Susan, both make an appearance in the grid. Now that’s a first!

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