i Cryptic Crossword 3358 Eccles

November 11, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟

Something a little easier today after what’s been a pretty tough week in the i so far – a Wednesday reprint from Eccles that I would have expected to see here on a… Wednesday. But such is the scheduling we’ve had of late I haven’t quite fathomed yet. Pretty straightforward throughout, with no real obscurities outside of the South American native (that I sort of knew), with a bit of a hold-up here on the longer down answers, and an eyebrow raised at the spelling of 28ac. 9d caused much amusement and comment predictably enough back in the day, and I can see why Eccles used it to advertise the puzzle on Twitter, as it’s certainly attention grabbing, but there’s much to like outside of that clue, with the aforementioned 28ac and 7d both I thought very nicely done, the latter a first in fact as far as I know.

But COD? Inevitably, love it or loathe it, it’s going to be 9d – “Very quietly cuts Lady Garden, perhaps, in shower (6)”.

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


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3358 Eccles”

  1. Saboteur said

    Agreed, a surprisingly easy solve for a Thursday. Only the two long down clues held me up for more than a moment. Good, satisfying and enjoyable.

    PEPPER raised a smile, but caused an eyebrow to be raised as well. A bit of a frown for the spelling of WHODUNIT, but lo and behold, it’s there in the dictionary.

  2. thebargee said

    Done and dusted pretty quickly. The LHS all went in almost as quickly as I could read the clues, but I found the RHS a little bit chewy, particularly PICTURE POSTCARD and WHODUNIT.

    Elsewhere ‘Lady Garden’ raised a smile and I wasn’t sure about the parsing, but the answer was clear enough. COD for me was OVERT, bringing back fond memories of my excellent physics teacher Mr Simister.

  3. Cornick said

    Eccles always seeks to entertain, and always delivers – a delightful solve.
    His humour leads to some flights of whimsy which I either get (and laugh) or get bemused by (and laugh later) so more of a 2* for me today.
    I’d forgotten Lady Garden is a real person – very funny; also enjoyed 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d – well, most of them. Vaguely remembered Whodunnit has an alternative spelling, so enjoyed that one too.

  4. tonnelier said

    Same here, though I’d give it two *s because of the NE corner which nearly made it a two coffee job. Lots of delightfully smooth and amusing surfaces, notably 1a, 14 and 24. I liked it all except the rather clumsy reference to those two idiots in 21d.

  5. Willow said

    I must be in a minority, having found this really quite tough, but also very enjoyable – thank you. Most clues were absolutely excellent, including their fluent surface readings, and I learned some new terms, which is always good.

  6. dtw42 said

    Managed to polish this one off before the trip into the office. Very nice; I rather liked 12a.

  7. John E said

    I’m also in the ‘tough-going’ minority (definitely harder than the one-star rating).

  8. Borodin said

    Solved in one session so certainly in the 1* or 2* category for me. Although I’d solved it back in 2017 I’d forgotten it all, and certainly didn’t remember the saucier side of 9dn. No problem with 28ac as I’ve seen it spelled with a single or a double N. CoD for me was RAPTUROUS.

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