i Cryptic Crossword 3544 Poins

June 17, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟

A nicely accessible puzzle from Poins comes to us this morning. Just as well, as my brain ceases to function once the temperature rises above a certain level. Any more challenging and it might have been just too much for me in this heat (and it’s still only mid-morning as I write this).

This was a pleasing and satisfying solve. I don’t think anyone will find anything to quibble over, as it all seems to parse perfectly, there’s no recondite vocabulary, and the only conceivable unknowns are the novelist and the composer – not that either of them are exactly unheard of, and certainly not in Crosswordland. Is the Labour leader of forty years ago forgotten about these days? Perhaps, but the crossing letters left little room for doubt.Even my nemeses (can one have more than one?) those four-letter entries with the initial letter not crossing, brought me no grief.

Clue of the Day for me is the rather neat 23 across, not least for its good surface reading: “Vigour and style exhibited by the French in Parisian houses (4)”.

Here’s the link should you be in need of it: https://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/06/03/independent-on-sunday-1475-by-poins/

2 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3544 Poins”

  1. jonofwales said

    Enjoyable while it lasted, though I will note that some concise puzzles have taken me as long as this. Pleased with the quick time, but suspect that it’s just that this was the most straightforward ever rather than me having any chance in the Times Crossword Championship. Agreed on both the COD and the effects of the heat.

  2. Cornick said

    The main virtue of this puzzle was its suitability for solvers relatively new to the game – but an old dog like me still struggled at the close with working out what on Earth was going on with LED OFF and MADE DO.
    Fingers crossed for a Serpent tomorrow…

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