i Cryptic Crossword 3548 by Eccles

June 22, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟

As one might expect with Eccles, this was a bit chewy, but everything was gettable, although I only got 19ac because it couldn’t be anything else, and it took a while to realise that ‘reprehensible’ wasn’t the definition in 17dn. There were a couple of nice &lits at 1ac and 15ac, and in 27ac there was a welcome variation on a theme that’s a bit of a chestnut in Crosswordland. 7dn not only brought an immediate smile about the use of the material in question but also, I thought, alluded to subsequent legal proceedings.

I noted several candidates for CoD as I went along, including 1ac and 8dn, but my final choice is the aforesaid 7dn: “E coli’s in a stew which might be cause of bust-up? (8)”.

As usual, all the answers, explanations and comments can be found on fifteensquared – go to http://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/05/23/independent-9862-eccles/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3548 by Eccles”

  1. jonofwales said

    I often struggle with Eccles, but flew through today in 1* for time, perhaps spurred on by having a lack of time to solve! All good fun – in addition to the COD I liked the nice spot at 1ac, and 22d.

  2. tonnelier said

    I liked this a lot and would rate it at 2-3 *s. Just the definition of SLOT seemed a bit forced, but there are any number of ticks on my copy. Outstanding clues are those for REDOLENT and WITHAL, with ORCHESTRA PIT a close third. Very entertaining and just challenging enough for a Wednesday!

  3. Saboteur said

    Good and enjoyable, and all over in about two-star time. I liked the John Donne clue and agree that the definition in SILICONE was splendid.

  4. Cornick said

    Very enjoyable.
    Lots of good ‘uns.

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