i Cryptic Crossword 3311 Vigo

September 17, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟

A pleasingly accessible crossword brings us towards the end of the working week. Very enjoyable it was too, if all over a little too quickly for my taste. It was less than one cup-of-coffee’s worth. But that’s fine; part of the joy of the i crossword is the range and variety that we are treated to.

My only criticism is that it is one of my least favourite grids; in solving it felt like doing four mini-crosswords, rather than one regular one – a Brompton, in the coinage of the much-missed Batarde. Only one bit of word-play flummoxed me for a while, which was “sash” from “frame”, before I remembered about the type of window. Otherwise, no hold-ups at all. Nice surface readings aplenty, and quite a few ticks and smiles in my margin on completion. Top two contenders for Clue of the Day were, in second place INDIA, and in first place 28ac: “Hesitation after famous Geordie duo swap places with bottle (8)”.

I found on Fifteensquared that there is a dinghy-related theme. I didn’t spot it, and it is rather niche, worthy almost of Phi. But it does make me admire the setter for getting so many theme-words in – no small achievement.

Independent 9,592 by Vigo

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3311 Vigo”

  1. jonofwales said

    Yes, a fun 10ac solve with only the NW corner putting up any resistance, over in 1* time. Theme duly missed, needless to say. 🙂 I particularly liked 6d and 28ac.

  2. Willow said

    I was SURE there was a theme but couldn’t spot it. Possibly because I know almost nothing about dinghies. But I am most impressed at the number of such craft Vigo managed to include.

    A very enjoyable crossword – many thanks – even though I did start counting drugs and sexism references at one point. Thankfully only three, and all comparatively mild. But still there. One would be ok.

    I agree with Saboteur about the best clues of the day, but in my opinion all of them were pretty good, and thoughtfully considered.

    • jonofwales said

      Vigo is one of the few female setters, so the sexism observation is an interesting one. I’ll leave it to others to unpick though!

  3. Cornick said

    Agreed with every word of that review Saboteur, including the 1* (if this wasn’t, what could be?) and the CoDs 1 and 2. Well almost – as a carpenter, sash as a kind of frame sprang readily to mind.

    If you’d told me the theme was dinghies, I still wouldn’t have been able to pick any out; a Vigoan hobby perhaps?.

  4. dtw42 said

    As above! Done by 7.17 here.

  5. Willow said

    Re sexism, etc: I think the point is that this sort of language is so pervasive and commonplace that people can and do use it unconsciously.

    • Cornick said

      Sexism? The only example I can only see is CREW being clued as ‘Men used to brag’. Perhaps using the hackneyed trope of men being braggarts is indeed a bit sexist, but we fellah’s are used to putting up with such everyday sexism.

  6. Borodin said

    Now that’s interesting. Commenting on Thursday’s puzzle I had a slight moan about it being a bit of a Brompton; with this puzzle I didn’t even notice the fact. Maybe that’s because I solved it a lot faster; I agree it was certainly a 1* rating. Missed the theme, though.

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