i Cryptic Crossword 3368 Morph

November 23, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A very welcome return for Morph in the Tuesday spot, with a theme that’s about things… Well, if you look closely enough at some of the across answers, you’ll see some that are obvious, and some that are less so. Needless to say I got the gist of what was going on, but failed to spot all the entries. Mostly this would be because I fairly raced through the puzzle, the long answers at the top and bottom of the grid being a bit of a gift, albeit with recourse to the dictionary and Google to check a few things, notably the tennis player. The consensus though back in the day seems to have been that this was on the more difficult side of things (and I know that Morph has a reputation for setting harder puzzles, though I’ve always fond myself to be on his wavelength), so I’ve gone with the four stars, though if you were prepared to lob the answers in on a bit of a wing and a prayer, you will have fared better. I did come a bit of a cropper at one point, chancing on the famous singer Al BROWN, forgetting the more famous Al GREEN until the NW corner refused to budge at the close. The rest though went in with little ado, and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Top notch quality as ever from Morph, with lots that was inventive, lots of smiles, and my COD nomination going to 14d – “Meat’s coming up – what happens if u snooze, sugar? (9)”.

Stuck for any of the answers or parsing of the clues? They can all be found in Fifteensquared’s blog from September 2017:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3368 Morph”

  1. Cornick said

    Your CoD was completely unknown to me, so put in from wordplay without much confidence at all. Most of the rest was at the easier end of Morph’s spectrum though, so 3* for me today.
    Saw a colours theme but failed to think rainbow so missed the Nina; which is a shame because it’s an instant classic of an idea.
    Enjoyed it.

  2. Willow said

    The Nina helped a great deal, especially as, (having guessed the answers), it took almost as long for me to parse 7A and 25A as it did to complete the rest of the puzzle. I liked the clue for NAVY BLUE. Some really nice clues elsewhere too, including that for LAEVULOSE, which I confirmed with the help of Chambers.

  3. Saboteur said

    I thought this was quite tough, and a few went in unparsed, like NAVY BLUE, PAINT THE TOWN RED and SHRINKING VIOLET, all of which were got from definition and enumeration. As for LAEVULOSE…

    Saw the theme, which was good, but it didn’t make up for the frustration of having three unparsed entries.

  4. dtw42 said

    Didn’t see the theme/nina. Solved most of it fine, but got stuck on the last two or three. Like Saboteur, I couldn’t parse NAVY BLUE. I then had to use a word finder to discover BHINDI at the end.

  5. Borodin said

    I took a while to get going but it all came together, helped by spotting the theme. The SE corner was a bit tricky with a number of answers pencilled in until I realised they all fitted.

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