i Cryptic Crossword 3584 by Eccles

August 3, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): ☆☆
Another double Eccles Wednesday! Eccles is occupying the midweek slot in the Indy once more and has turned up here again with a delightful puzzle. Given that I finished this quickly and without help (I thought I might have to google for architects and film directors but 17dn and 26ac proved easy enough) I’m tempted to rate the difficulty as 1*, but as some commenters on fifteensquared found it tricky I’ll go for 2*.
There was only one obscure word, found at 5dn, and one clue, 10dn, had very properly been updated since the puzzle’s first appearance but both were clued simply enough. All the cluing was concise and the original blog even refers to the setter applying the principles of 7dn, with none of the clues exceeding 10 words in length.
There were so many fine clues it was difficult to pick out a favourite. 11ac, 24ac and 17dn suggested themselves as I was solving, but looking through the clues again I’ll nominate 19ac as CoD: ‘It cooks royal jelly (4)’.
I’ll see you again tomorrow, folks. Meanwhile, all the details of this puzzle can be found at http://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/07/04/independent-9898-by-eccles/

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3584 by Eccles”

  1. Cornick said

    Good fun, wasn’t it.
    I don’t think there’s anyone in the business better than Eccles at coming up with gags like PER SPIRE, SUB SCRIBE or SERIAL NUMBER. Excellent!
    Also really liked the ‘retailing’ of Negligée – very nice.
    Failed to conjure ‘donor’ for my LOI 5d though, so had to resort to a Wordsearch, unfortunately.

  2. Saboteur said

    Good fun and very enjoyable. Relatively accessible I thought, one-star timing, I would say, for me.

    PUNDONOR went in on trust following the word-play. I’m on a train, so don’t have any dictionaries with me, but WiFi permitted me to Google the word once guessed.

    As has been noted, PERSPIRE, SUBSCRIBE and SERIAL NUMBER were splendid.

  3. Gasmanjack said

    Enjoyed the “near name Check” at 1d!

  4. Poirot Town said

    Thoroughly enjoyed this – about my level. Like Cornick I did have to Wordsearch 5dn though. As much as I tried, “Pun + Soros” didn’t seem to be a valid word…

  5. Borodin said

    I have to admit to remembering PUNDONOR from the puzzle’s previous appearance and it having caught my eye at the top of a page in the dictionary.

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