i Cryptic Crossword 3553 Radian

June 28, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

A bit of a Shakespearean theme this Tuesday thanks to Radian, and also thanks to the comments on the other side for expanding on what it’s all about. I must admit that it’s still a bit of a mystery to me, but no doubt Cornick can expand further. We have a few oddities in the grid today, including the hidden word at 16ac, 8ac which I was sure must have been wrong, and the unexpected use of 24ac, but on the whole this was a fairly easy going puzzle that came as a relief, and a re-realisation of how enjoyable crosswords can be, following yesterday’s toils. The definition at 13d floored me a little, but everything else was understood on solving and confidently entered. What a difference a day makes!

COD? Loads and loads to appreciate, as expected with Radian, with my nomination going to 11ac – “Roast, singe and carve beef and grouse, say (10)”.

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

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/06/19/independent-9885-radian/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3553 Radian”

  1. Saboteur said

    Rather a relief after yesterday. A crossword that was all enjoyment without the grief.

    All done and parsed in short order. Spotted the theme (it’s Tuesday, so I looked) but perhaps not all the components and related entries, having looked on fifteensquared.

  2. Cornick said

    Beautifully done by Radian. Loved it..
    And yup, I was in As You Like It once, playing Adam the old retainer which (trivia alert) is the only part in any of Shakespeare’s plays that he’s recorded as having played himself.
    The Seven Ages of Man speech has to be one of the most famous in the whole canon, given by the melancholy Jaques in the Forest of Arden. Saw it early, but a bit like the 7 dwarfs it’s tricky remembering all of them.

  3. Grodnik said

    Enjoyed the puzzle even though I missed the theme completely, but as I’m at stage 6.5 I forgive myself for that. 16ac new to me, and sad to be reminded that the ANTONOV has been destroyed in the wannabe Ivan the terrible Putins’ aggression. NDY

  4. Borodin said

    Enjoyed the puzzle, might even have given it only one star. But missed the theme, probably the result of a late night solve.

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