i Cryptic Crossword 3415 Radian

January 18, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A fairly tricky offering today from Radian on the subject of 16ac. This was a perfect example though of a puzzle that was solvable without knowing that, and I for one didn’t find the theme to be of any help when filling the grid. Nice and chewy throughout, especially to the NW and SW corners, the wordplay all perfectly fair but needing a little teasing out to fully unpick. The answer for “Prince” at 12ac was one I suspect won’t have left me alone a little puzzled, and it appears from looking over on the other side that I wasn’t alone too in getting 13ac before the referenced 4d. Elsewhere the parsing for “Engineers in university” defeated me, but everything else was entered understood, if rather slowly.

COD? Lots to like, with “stay in less” from the wordplay for 25ac tickling me, but my nomination goes to 8d for the very nice piece of deception that was “water deity” – “US writer ignoring French water deity (4)”.

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


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3415 Radian”

  1. dtw42 said

    Cor, four stars? After yesterday’s impossibility? I’d have given this two, three at most. The majority of it went it pretty quick – the theme of power helped. Last one in was 4d … quadruple definition plus charade is not the structure you expect!

  2. Saboteur said

    Three-star, for me, I would say – but that could just have been in contrast to yesterday, making anything that was offered today seem easier than it might have been.

    Enjoyable and rewarding to complete. Spotted the theme, not that it was any help.

    ELECTOR wasn’t a problem as an entry, although I didn’t like the definition, which should have had a “perhaps” or something like that in it. Not all princes were Electors (of the Empire) although the Electors were all princes. Not particularly happy about EN from “headings” in POTENT, either.

    WILL was very impressive, and it took me a while to spot that the clue had multiple definitions. Good stuff.

  3. Cornick said

    I actually found this harder than yesterday’s, but am very impressed with anyone who worked out 1d REQUISITES on their own – I needed a Wordsearch.
    Good stuff, but I did struggle in that NW corner.

  4. Borodin said

    Well, I finished it this time, which is more than I managed to do back in 2017. But I didn’t spot the ‘powerful’ theme. Favourite was RATTLED.

  5. iddicted said

    My favourite thing about this puzzle is “Better Together” being revealed down the 13th column. Makes it a bit dated now!
    Saboteur’s quibble about not all Electors being Princes also applies to 19 – not all campuses are universities.

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