i Cryptic Crossword 3361 Daedalus

November 15, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟

By the end, this proved tougher than it seemed at the start. There were a few clues which seemed particularly difficult (to me, at least) as if they came from a different crossword, or even a different setter. In particular, both of the cross-referencd SWAN ABOUT and GALLIVANT held me up for longer than typical.

What I liked about this one was the sprinkling of creatively cryptic definitions, such as “junk food” and “where you can call”. Crosswords are diversions and a bit of entertainment, and I do like them to at least raise a smile or two. SALSA and SIT ON THE FENCE did that for me this morning. Otherwise, there were no dubious bits of word-play or obscurities, with the possible exception of ENDUE and both the component “qua” and the entry itself of QUATRAIN. I found I didn’t need e-help, but did check in the dictionary whether “ticked off” is particularly American, and it appears that it is.

Clue of the Day is the clever 8d, for which I needed all the crossing letters: “Frame Wes? (6,2).”.

Here’s the link to Fifteensquared: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/09/18/independent-9651-by-daedalus/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3361 Daedalus”

  1. thebargee said

    What a great crossword! I really enjoyed this, there were so many clever clues. In particular, lovely PDMs with 1ac, 11ac and the brilliant 8dn, a worthy COD.

    Elsewhere, I thought 17 and 19 linked together well and 19 itself was a neat clue that I didn’t solve until I’d got STITCH-UP to give me the final ‘P’. Solving GALLIVANT helped me to get SWAN ABOUT (wrong way round I know, but it worked for me).

    The only bit of e- help I needed was for 16dn, I never seem to remember that ‘as’ can mean ‘QUA’.

  2. jonofwales said

    Thoroughly enjoyed here too – agreed also on the difficulty rating, and the COD. Little really to add – a great start to the week. My only surprise was that it wasn’t an IoS reprint.

  3. tonnelier said

    And another very enthusiastic response from me. I loved this – approving ticks all over my copy, plenty to chuckle at too. The best puzzle for quite some time, and I look forward to the next Daedalus

  4. dtw42 said

    It *felt* tricky, but when I finished it and looked at the clock, it was only 7.30 so clearly hadn’t been really. 16dn was my LOI, despite me having used qua=AS myself in the past – so as thebargee found, it obviously doesn’t hang around in my memory either.

  5. Cornick said

    Shared enthusiasm here – one of the best in quite a while; loads of ticks on my copy of the newspaper (app is playing up in Cornwall at least).
    For me there was a very consistent level of difficulty – everything yielded at a satisfying pace when given enough quiet concentration, which is just how I like it.
    Right up until my LOI however, where ?U?TRAIN had me beat, qua, qua, qua.

  6. Borodin said

    Fairly straightforward, although it took me two sessions – probably because I started it late at night so wasn’t on top form. LOI was the ingenious ALLOTMENT which would have got my vote for CoD had I been blogging.

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