i Cryptic Crossword 3628 Dalibor

September 23, 2022

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

Welcome Dalibor! It’s good to come across a new setter in the i, and I hope that we will see more puzzles before too long. Maybe if I do a few more I might find it easier to tune in to his (?) wavelength, and so find them easier…

This was very tough, and it took me quite a long time. But it is to his credit that I never wanted to throw in the towel, and I enjoyed it throughout. Moreover, on completion, I had no parsing problems to solve; everything was neatly constructed. I even managed to sort out how TECHNO and THUNDERBIRD worked, and that “shy” can mean “unproductive”. A couple of other visits to the dictionary were needed, for the crossing GRAVAMEN and KENNET, but these were to check meaning rather than resolve word-play.

The crossword is full of “people” either in the clues or the entries, and having got the two French-born actresses, I did wonder whether there was something going on (it did seem unlikely that Ed Sheeran was mysteriously French, though). But apparently not, as the setter confirms in the comments on Fifteensquared. Less contemporary are Elizabeth Fry and Gordon Banks, but both continue, deservedly, to be remembered for their different achievements.

The surface readings are good, and there is some nice word-play to enjoy. I rather liked BANJOIST, but it was pipped to the post by 13ac for Clue of the Day, on account of the element of humour in the latter: “Free camping? Something Corbyn doesn’t like (7)”.

Here’s the link for the answers and explanations: https://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/09/29/independent-9973-sat-29-sep-2018-by-dalibor/


7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3628 Dalibor”

  1. Cornick said

    There were some truly excellent clues in here, like the CoD and my particular favourite THUNDERBIRDS, then lots that were very good, but also a few that seemed to contain unnecessarily obscure elements like ‘unproductive’ for SHY, Siemens for S, or that archaic dog, and then a few were very easy too, so I was left thinking it was a bit uneven overall but still enjoyable and certainly very promising. I don’t take too much notice of the comments on Fifteensquared, where it seems everyone is mates with Dalibor from the Sloggers and Betters meetings they go to.

  2. thebargee said

    Phew, too tough for me today and I’m afraid the towel was duly thrown in with barely half done. The combination of tricksy wordplay and a number of (for me at least) obscure answers was too much for my ageing brain to cope with. Ho hum.

  3. jonofwales said

    Some very impressive clues, but extremely difficult, too much so for a weekday really. I finished in 5 for time, but with loads completely unparsed, THUNDERBIRDS among them. I know that the end of the week is traditionally one of the harder puzzles of the week, but still. 😉

  4. Grodnik said

    I wish that the setters’ name appeared on the online version I use. Dalibor, in 1dn, threw me straight back to 1957 and my 6year-old sister watching Pinky and Perky (created by Jan and Vlasta Dalibor) on B&W TV. Not names a 1950’s Brit would forget and not helpful for solving the clue either.
    Tough puzzle, but doable in ⏳⏳⏳⏳⏳ time, with a bit of cheating. MAIL BOMB and GRAVAMEN, who knew? (to quote D J Trump about almost everything). As for the French actresses, I was hoping that Brigitte Bardot would also appear. Oh my teenage fantasies!. NDY

    • Saboteur said

      Hi, Grodnik,

      If you click on the Help (Question Mark) key it reveals the name of the setter. Clearly, a solver as accomplished as you would never need help, though… 🙂

  5. dtw42 said

    Another DNF here. [sigh]
    Still, got closer to the end than yesterday, with only a handful in the SW corner given up on.

  6. Borodin said

    Lots of wordfinder help and checking names via Google required, so definitely a ⏳⏳⏳⏳⏳ puzzle. Incidentally, Dalibor is the pseudonym of Sil (van den Hoek) who blogged Thursday’s puzzle on 15^2.

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