i Cryptic Crossword 3362 Radian

November 16, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟

Well done if you spotted today’s theme, which is apparently to do with things related to the second part of 16ac, whether of the artistic or the 8d/22d variety. I did look, when the LHS of the grid proved to be a little more intractable than the other half, where I made a bit of a flying start (surprisingly so for Radian), but to no avail. A great puzzle nevertheless that was more accessible than some by this setter can be, with only a couple not fully understood at the close, and only then really because answers such as the aforementioned 16ac were lobbed in based on checking letters and likely looking definitions. At the close it would be 1d and 11ac that would give me the most trouble throughout, but mainly because “models” in the former looked far too likely to be part of the wordplay (TYPES) than the definition, which was probably a deliberate piece of misdirection on the part of the setter, in which case nicely done!

As already said, lots to appreciate today, with the &lit at 19ac worthy of mention, lots of lovely surface readings to enjoy, and my COD nomination going to 21d – “Conductor first to condemn Placido’s opening in short opera (6)”.

Stuck for any of the answers or parsing of the clues? Look no further than Fifteensquared’s blog from September 2017:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3362 Radian”

  1. tonnelier said

    Two outstanding puzzles in two days, and each appropriately graded at 3*s.
    15 confused me because I’ve never heard of dicky as a shirt, just a bow-tie. Also the abbreviation for patient was unfamiliar.
    I especially admired the surfaces of 5, 9, 10 and 25, with the latter possibly my COD.
    This had everything really – immensely enjoyable without any “clever” obscurities – many thanks!!

  2. Saboteur said

    Good one, and satisfyingly enjoyable.

    Spotted the theme. Well, halfof it, at least. I connected HAY WAIN with CONSTABLE and, on lookng further, with FLAT + FORD. I vaguely supposed that there was a painting called CORNFIELD something or other, but didn’t bother to look it up. I failed to see the POLICE part of the theme, which is obvious in retrospect.

    I particularly liked ARCHETYPES, which did take a bit of untangling.

  3. Topsy said

    At last… a crossword that I thoroughly enjoyed. Difficult but I actually wanted to persevere with it. No grumbles from me today!

  4. Joan said

    Enjoyed the crossword. Some brilliant clues. Re 15 down: some people on the other side questioned the term ‘dicky’ to mean ‘shirt’. My understanding is that a shirt in cockney rhyming slang is a ‘dicky dirt’ – there used to be a shirt shop in south London called ‘Dicky Dirt’s’. We call a bow tie a ‘dicky’ short for ‘dicky bow’ ie a bow worn at the top of a dicky. There.

    I think my cod was 9ac, rainstorm. Thanks and admiration all round.

  5. willow1235 said

    Once I got into this I found it really stimulating and enjoyable – very many thanks.

    An astonishing wealth of misdirection. Absolutely excellent – but not a puzzle for the Young Solver, at least not without a more seasoned person guiding them.

  6. Cornick said

    Among my first 4 or 5 to be solved were both HAYWAIN and CONSTABLE, so that part of the theme was clear even though I don’t know much about him.
    Good stuff, quite tricky, one or two not parsed, but all solved sans aids, which is the main thing I suppose.

  7. thebargee said

    As tonnelier says, 2 top notch puzzles in 2 days. A late afternoon solve, which usually bodes ill for me, but I was so engrossed in it that I managed to finish in a reasonable time with no need to check anything. How I managed to miss the theme is beyond me, as 2 of my early entries were HAY WAIN and POLICE CONSTABLE. Hey ho.

    There are so many terrific clues to choose from, but I particularly liked ARCHETYPES. I found the SW corner toughest, my last 2 in being SUPERCARS and CAROTENE.

  8. dtw42 said

    Yes, enjoyed, and I spotted the artistic mini-theme half while solving, and then the police half only afterwards, when my girlfriend asked me if there had been a Tuesday-puzzle theme. I linked FLAT and FOOT for the police at that point, and then only upon waking up this morning recalled that FORD had also been in the grid for another link. So the penny-drop moment was hugely elongated in time!

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