i Cryptic Crossword 3363 by Peter

November 17, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟

An IoS reprint that proved to be not too difficult but not a particularly satisfying solve either. A number of clues were, as some of the earlier solvers observed on Fifteensquared, a bit iffy – notably 6dn where ‘out to’ in the clue seems either to be just padding or to have led some solvers to the wrong answer. Also the American spelling of 7dn is not indicated and 28ac has two reversal indicators. Unfortunately I didn’t find much to counter these lapses apart from the Guardian-esque 16dn, requiring the solver to split not only the pea but the beetroot – and even there ‘with’ as a link word doesn’t seem quite right..

Although one commenter on Fifteensquared thought it ‘very easy for the main part’ I found this slow to get started with only a handful of entries on my first pass, so a 3* rating seems about right.

Nothing really stands out as CoD, but I’ll go for the aforesaid 16dn: ‘Beetroot and apple is cooked with legume (5,3)’

To see what the reaction was first time round go to:


7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3363 by Peter”

  1. Cornick said

    Yup. Quite a few dollies, but quite a few curved balls too.
    My favourite today was 2d, which I thought was excellent

  2. jonofwales said

    I solved this quickly enough (easily within 1* time) that any problems with the clues passed me by, so that I found this to be a pleasant enough solve. Agreed on the COD.

  3. Saboteur said

    Like our blogger, I thought this a little unsatisfying. A few too many minor quibbles made this a little frustrating in places. I needed to check on “pard”, and needed word lists to find MOSS and NECTAR. Wasn’t particularly impressed by “Ar” from “letter”, either.

  4. dtw42 said

    Mostly what JOW said, here, but … 1ac (the assumption that the Chinese was just C left me wondering how PHARD could be an old cat – and I’d never seen PARD before) and then 6dn (couldn’t parse, and had to use the online app version to confirm it wasn’t OTTO and then think harder for an alternative) held me up at the end.

    All done by 7.57 but it would have been a lot earlier were it not for those two.

    (plug, if allowed: some may be entertained by my latest on the MyCrossword site: https://www.mycrossword.co.uk/cryptic/225)

  5. Willow said

    I must say I thought “Bearded like the Pard” was quite a familiar phrase, and I’m no Shakespeare expert. But, yes, there were a few quibbles, as outlined above, and some quite abstruse definitions. Nevertheless, this kept me fully engaged and I enjoyed solving it – many thanks. I did particularly like T as being the root of Beet – very imaginative and to be commended.

    • Cornick said

      ‘Bearded like the pard’ is indeed familiar, but it’s also far from helpful because leopards don’t really have beards!
      No, that was a weak clue unfortunately, and only got hereabouts from the definition.

  6. thebargee said

    I actually enjoyed this for the most part. I couldn’t parse 1ac and, like Saboteur, didn’t think much of ‘Ar’=‘Letter’, but there were some cracking clues elsewhere, the best of which was CONVEX in my book. I also liked WRESTLING (I did indeed wrestle with the clue for a while before untangling it) and SPLIT PEA.

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