i Cryptic Crossword 3343 Peter

October 25, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

A pleasantly accessible puzzle to start off the working week from Peter this morning, this crossword will not have detained an experienced solver for too long and was an enjoyable and largely trouble-free solve.

Only one corner caused me any trouble, and that was the crossing LIVERY and CAVATINA. They are the only obscure references in the puzzle, and as far I am concerned they raised the difficulty level from one-star to two-star. LIVERY, in the sense of what today would probably be called part of a corporate image, is a little niche, as is the Roman historian Livy. As for CAVATINA, I’m afraid I had to revert to electronic cheating for this one. There were too many possible girls’ names – Anita, Rita and Tina, for example – to make this easily gettable. And the crossing letters were far from helpful. I’m sure we can all hum the song in question, but who knew that was what it was called? But that said, this was a good and satisfying solve. TA from “retired sailors” had me wondering for a while, but I decided not to trouble myself too much over it, and likewise the description of LEBANON as an Asian Republic. However, these are but minor quibbles.

My Clue of the Day nomination goes to the simple but amusing double-definition 2d: “Grotty Station (4)”. I was quite taken by the “policeman”, though.

Here’s the link for the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/07/30/independent-on-sunday-1431-by-peter/

13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3343 Peter”

  1. Cornick said

    This took me considerably longer to complete than Saturday’s Serpent. Which was annoying because about 3/4 was read & write. However the ones you mentioned (including TA for sailors which has to be a rare error in an i puzzle) plus ‘rime’ and the negative checking (for no good reason!) held me up for ages.

  2. thebargee said

    Ha, unlike Saturday’s offering this took me considerably less time! Although like our blogger I had to resort to a word list for CAVATINA, which was my LOI after LIVERY. All very enjoyable nonetheless.

    I’m not sure I understand the comments about 20ac – in my dead tree version I parsed retired soldiers as ‘TA’ reversed in MATRICES, which seemed ok to me, but I wasn’t sure what the word ‘once’ in the clue was meant to signify.

    Favourite today was 12a, I did like the use of ‘policeman’.

    • Cornick said

      Effing ‘eck. I do wish the improvements that are made to the newspaper version could also be applied to the electronic version. It has ‘retired sailors’.
      Btw matrix and mould as synonyms was also an obscurity for this solver.

  3. jonofwales said

    thebargee beat me to it to point out that 20ac is correct in the newspaper version. Just easing into 3* territory here, but only just, primarily because of 8ac and 11ac. The former especially seemed an odd choice of word in an otherwise extremely accessible puzzle. “Policeman” in 12ac meant that was my pick for COD.

  4. Willow said

    My version had “retired soldiers” I’m pleased to say. I finished and parsed everything, and liked 6 and 13, but my overall enjoyment was diminished by quite a few rather forced surface readings. It’s probably my fault, but I think my opinion of a puzzle is formed very quickly, after reading maybe five or six clues, and if they appear to be clunky then that’s that, really. Will try harder in future!

  5. Saboteur said

    Interesting about the dead-tree version having been corrected. I usually solve from the paper, but today a rare unavailability of the i meant that I was obliged to solve online.

    • Cornick said

      For those lucky enough to have a paper round delivery, or even just a newsagents nearby – I envy you!

  6. tonnelier said

    Just one * for me today, with only rank holding me up for a few minutes.
    NE section was the last to go in. Historian always seems to be Livy in crosswords, so 3 down was straightforward despite the odd definition, and then it had to be cavatina.
    Best clue surely 12a with the clever “policeman” trick. I failed to parse denim, but now see it’s a pretty neat clue.
    Ideal for a Monday

  7. imsewell said

    I think that was a great puzzle. I was pleased with myself for seeing Cavatina! Dickens and Eighties pop in 12ac was great.

  8. John E said

    Please could someone explain how spewing = running. Thamk you.

  9. John E said

    OK, I will have to defer to the bible and offer correctly spelled thanks.

  10. Borodin said

    I struggled with a few of these, such as EPIGLOTTIS and DA VINCI – the enumeration of the latter made me think of El Greco although I knew it couldn’t be that. So I’d rate it 3*.

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