i Cryptic Crossword 3629 by Italicus

September 24, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): ⏳⏳

A thoroughly enjoyable second outing for Italicus – although I don’t remember his first, which doubtless appeared this summer when I was in hospital.
Starting at the top of the grid as is my wont, I hit the ground running this morning, but things got a bit trickier with some names like Shona in FASHIONABLE or Dorothy Lamour in CLAMOUR; then the homophone of ‘said use’ for SEDUCE was obviously a bit of a stretch, even for a champion of allowing latitude with such things like me! Still, there was plenty to like as I say; SACRIFICE was nicely put together, ABSOLVE brought a smile, the Spooner in 1a was a corker, but the CoD has to be:

19d Some Scouse git’s evidently up for a scrap (7)

And here’s the link to the original blog:



7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3629 by Italicus”

  1. thebargee said

    A mostly enjoyable⏳⏳ solve for me, and I can’t say I remember a previous Italicus puzzle.
    I couldn’t see the relevance of Australian in 12a, and _really_ didn’t like the homophone in 16d, although I’m usually pretty relaxed about such things. Basically everything our blogger said, so I’ll shut up now.

  2. Saboteur said

    ⏳⏳ for me too. Enjoyable, and I don’t remember a previous, either. All parsed, with no need to resort to help.

    I agree with thebargee that the use of Australian in the clue for FASHIONABLE felt a bit mysterious. Largely indifferent to the homophone, which was close enough, I suppose. Loved the Spoonerism, and totally agree about the CotD. Splendid clue!

  3. jonofwales said

    The previous Italicus puzzle was on the 22nd July, and was over in a flash, which is why it may not have stuck in the memory. Saboteur blogged it. 🙂

    Pretty straightforward today too, and thoroughly enjoyable to boot…

  4. dtw42 said

    That was a blessed relief after my abject failure on Thursday and Friday. Thanks, Italicus!

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