i Cryptic Crossword 3335 Vigo

October 15, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

A very engaging pangram comes to us courtesy of Vigo today. This is an accessible puzzle with excellent surface readings throughout, good word-play and no obscure vocabulary.

It’s one of my least favourite grids, a Brompton effectively delivering four mini-crosswords rather than one whole one. This can add to the difficulty somewhat. If you get stuck (as I did today, and indeed often do) with two or three crossing clues which are reluctant to yield, it is sometimes possible to besiege the resistant area by surrounding it and infiltrating one’s way in. But with this sort of grid that sort of approach is sometimes impossible, and today I was forced to resort to lists in one quadrant.

Canvassing other solvers’ opinions, I have one question: are we an anagram indicator missing in the clue for YIELDS, or is “produces” doing double-duty? Or am I just over-thinking this?

Double-ticks and smiley faces today for: the whimsical word-play in BEMUSE; likewise for BESTRIDE; the delightful MARIJUANA; the amusing BUMF. Clue of the day, though is the gem we have in 14ac: “Try to get silver coating on edge of seat (4)”.

Here’s the link to the puzzle’s first appearance, with the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/08/21/independent-9627-by-vigo/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3335 Vigo”

  1. Cornick said

    YIELDS is structurally fine, I think, but I would have preferred ‘could produce’ as an anagram indicator, because the wordplay as written produces ‘sedily’ doesn’t it?
    Enjoyed the puzzle, saw the pangram possibility early, probably liked the MARIJUANA clue best. Always struggle with those clever, funny, whimsical clues like 1a and 1d, but still a 2* crossword for me.

  2. jonofwales said

    A good puzzle to end the working week – a 2* solve for me, with the NE corner putting up the most resistance. Another vote for MARIJUANA here. No problems regarding YIELDS, with “produces” as the anagram indicator, and “returns” as the definition.

  3. Willow said

    I missed the pangram – but it’s obvious on reflection. Must do better. It took some time to get into it. I came up with nothing when attempting the first three across clues, so looked for shorter words and failed there also to start with, so was feeling a bit despondent. But then things began to fall into place, and in the end I found it a very worthwhile experience. I particularly liked CoD 14, 27, 29, (clue fine by me), 17 and 18.

  4. Borodin said

    A bit tricky but I made it in the end; the NW quadrant was last to fall. One or two I couldn’t parse, and I failed to notice it was a pangram. But all good stuff.

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