i Cryptic Crossword S0005 Hoskins

January 9, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

Last week we had an Independent reprint from Maize that apparently was unlikely to be reprinted in the print version of the i because of technical reasons. This week we have one from Hoskins that I suspect wouldn’t have made it past the editorial team because of 26d which pushes Hoskins’ trademark smut to… Well, what it pushes it to depends on your opinion of such things.

The team at the i had decided to make life difficult for the poor blogger this week by not including either the puzzle number or the name of the setter on the app, but a couple of clues in I had a fair idea who we were looking at, even without having the resort to a nifty bit of Googling.

There’s a theme running throughout that I’m guessing most solvers will have spotted, though at no point did I have to resort to it to complete. And talking of completion, there was nothing here that was that tricky with a little bit of thought, and loads of pretty straightforward clues to give the solver lots of helpful checking letters.

Lots to enjoy too as expected from the consistently excellent Hoskins, with my COD nomination going to 17ac – “Possibly edgy article on quiet woman in danger (10)”.

All the answers and parsing of the clues can be found in Fifteensquared’s blog from October 2017:


3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword S0005 Hoskins”

  1. Twobob said

    This is found on the “i” app, right? I can only find the 5 clue cryptic. Is it a different app perhaps? It isn’t listed under puzzles. Am I being thick?

    Your help much appreciated. Your blog is too.

    • jonofwales said

      It’s on the i app. Under puzzles, you should be able to select the 5 clue / cryptic / concise. Alternatively, there are left and right arrows each side of the page.

  2. Saboteur said

    Great fun. It was a (late) evening solve for me, after an enjoyably busy day, and I was wondering what – and who – we were going to get, and this did not disappoint. All the things I like about this setter were in evidence.

    Spotted the theme, and guessed correctly who the setter was, although the offending clue gave it away, really.

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