i Cryptic Crossword 3511 Radian

May 10, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A puzzle today from Radian that seems to be themed around linguistics. I got no more than a whiff of this when solving, but there’s a lot of discussion on 11ac regarding which entries might make up the theme. Today also sees Radian back to his good old tough self, which will please some solvers I’m sure, and also make others despair when trying to untangle the likes of 16d which was one of several I managed to dredge up from somewhere not fully parsed, in this case despite not knowing the reference to the writer in the wordplay.

Good, needless to say – one to savour rather than race through at a rate of knots.

COD? In particular I liked 14ac – “Dismiss one in a cricket club, subject to hearing (8)”.

All the answers and parsing of the clues can be found in Fifteensquared’s blog from April 2018:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3511 Radian”

  1. Saboteur said

    Very challenging. Certainly five stars. One of those puzzles where a bloody-minded determination not to be beaten was essential to my finishing it. Although I got a sense of satisfaction in simply having completed it, I can’t truly say though that I enjoyed the solve. Too much scouring of lists and so on for that.
    I got the theme, although exactly what the theme was eluded me, and it was of limited help in the solve. Quite a few clues came close to being unfair, I felt.

  2. Grodnik said

    Agree almost entirely. Certainly 5* for me with several previously unknowns including 5 17 and 23 ac, and a totally missed theme (despite having a granddaughter currently completing a degree in linguistics). I think unfair is a bit harsh, β€œall’s fair in love and war”. I regard the tussle between the setter and the solver as all part of the fun. Unfortunately it wasn’t for SAKI who wrote morality-based stories but failed to survive WW1. Another talent removed by those too arrogant or stupid to learn the lessons of history (cf the situation in Ukraine today). NDY

  3. dtw42 said

    I had it finished by 7.33, so definitely not 5-stars for me. Makes a change, eh! Perhaps the linguistics and er, typesetting/punctuation stuff was right up my alley. Though admittedly 23a COPULA was my LOI. I have long had a page of notes in my ‘crossword ideas’ folder regarding punctuation marks and names for obsolete sizes of type and so on, so… [shrug]

  4. Cornick said

    Quite enjoyable, but I did need some electronic help towards the end, which rather spoils things I find, and for a number of reasons (lack of penny-drops, frustration, feeling a bit of a failure, being made to grump rather than enjoy…)
    Liked 8d ILL-ADVISED the best.

  5. Borodin said

    I rattled through this fairly quickly, only needing to check COPULA and SOUVLAKI in the dictionary, so I’d rate it no more than 3 stars – but that’s how things go; another time I might struggle with one rated only 1 star here.

  6. dtw42 said

    Oh, by the way, 1ac made me chuckle, as I’ve previously clued HYPHEN as “Mark Lewis-Francis has one”.

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