i App Cryptic Crossword S0007 Scorpion

January 23, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A pretty tricky offering from Scorpion today, due not only to the always fiendish cluing we have come to expect from him, but also because of the sheer volume of obscurities on offer in the grid. To some extent I’ll forgive Scorpion because the name of one of my favourite bands is smack bang in the middle of the grid, but obscure long dead sports people, odd British towns, and French regions together with some forays into the less known parts of the dictionary is all a bit much. There’s a ghost theme explained by our very own Cornick over on the other side – songs and albums from the 10ac band Half Man Half Biscuit who I vaguely remember, but I’m guessing nobody noticed. Not my cup of tea then overall, but well scheduled for a Sunday I will say when solvers will presumably have more time on their hands.

COD? I’ll go with 6d, if only for the bit of Welsh mentioned – “During party in Wales, note semi-cropped style of hair (7)”.

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


5 Responses to “i App Cryptic Crossword S0007 Scorpion”

  1. Cornick said

    I do find it irritating the way people in comments refrain from stating the theme when they’ve worked it out, preferring to tease fellow commenters with hints!

    I have no recall of this puzzle, and don’t think I ever solved it until just now; however I do sometimes skim through Fifteensquared to see what’s going on, hence my contribution in 2017.

    Sorry, but I didn’t enjoy this much at all. The people and places were all known (although Fred Titmus right on the edge of my GK) so only 4* here, but scant amusement really, so happy with your CoD.

  2. Grodnik said

    Most enjoyable puzzle, seemed to be designed specially for us crusties, giving it only 3* status for me. Fred Titmus, the very epitome of the journeyman cricketer, we shall not see his like again (I certainly won’t). Dickie Davies with his trademark grey streak getting excited about League Division One. Rod Hull (and Emu), before his fall from grace, and off the roof of his house causing his demise. Ms Benjamin streaking along the track like a greyhound. Joy Division, a particularly disgusting product of the Nazis ( I only discovered in my teens just how thin is the veneer of civilisation and was quite horrified to find this being used as a band name). Trumpton, watched with my children, featuring the only puppet fire brigade to never actually tackle a fire. And finally “evulse”. As ex-president Donald would have said, had he the brains to decipher this (he clearly hasn’t) “who knew?”, not me nor my concise OED (nothing between evolve and evzone [a Greek soldier in a kilt apparently]). NDY

  3. Saboteur said

    Three- to four-star difficulty for me too.

    I’m likewise of an age to be able to remember the people referred to, but the Young People to whom I mentioned the names looked bewildered, so this felt a little less than satisfactory.

    I needed some e-help along the way, e.g. to check on EVULSE which parsed perfectly but which seemed implausible.

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