i Cryptic Crossword 3420 Peter

January 24, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

After the tribulations of last week, in which we were treated to a concentration of very challenging crosswords and, moreover, were affronted with the confounding of our expectations of accessible puzzles on Mondays and Wednesdays, it was reassuring to have a pleasantly gentle start to the week. That’s if there’s anyone left solving after such a week as that. 🙂

This enjoyable and satisfying puzzle was just right for a Monday. There are no obscure words, with the possible exceptions of the crossing PIED and SKIPJACK, both of which provoked a quick check in the dictionary. Only one clue caused me some head-scratching, which was INDICES, my last one in. Once the crossing letters were in the entry was clear, and I got the word-play. It was the definition which bemused me.

My Clue of the Day goes to 14ac, which was pleasing in the simplicity of its construction, and which offers an excellent surface reading: “Writer drinks fruit smoothie at last (11)”.

Here’s the link for the answers and explanations: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/10/22/independent-on-sunday-1443-by-peter/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3420 Peter”

  1. jonofwales said

    Just right for a Monday, and just difficult enough to not be a walkover. Loved it.

  2. thebargee said

    Very enjoyable start to the week, just at the right level of difficulty for me on a Monday (and probably several other days of the week as well).

    I twigged fairly early on what the answer to 1ac must be, but the wordplay eluded me to the end. I rather liked AUNT SALLY, it’s a pub game in my neck of the woods and I used to play it back in the day.

  3. Willow said

    Some very nice clues.

  4. Topsy said

    At long last a puzzle I actually enjoyed!

  5. dtw42 said

    Yup. A busy day back at the office (bleugh) meant I wasn’t able to even glance at this until after four o’clock, so I was glad at that point that it was pleasant and breezy.

  6. Cornick said

    Put together with thoroughness, love and care – and very much appreciated thank you Peter.
    Wasn’t completely sure about PIED or AUNT SALLY, but that’s just my lack of knowledge. Favourites for me were the 5-part charade for KILIMANJARO, and that reversal in PHENOMENA.

  7. imsewell said

    Peter Perfect!

  8. Borodin said

    Started this so late last night that I nodded off with only a handful of clues solved – but the rest were quickly solved this morning!

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