i App Cryptic Crossword S0042 by Crosophile

September 25, 2022

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

The oddest of puzzles from Crosophile this Sunday. The top half of the grid was completed in something like 1 for difficulty, and at this point I felt comfortable that I would soon polish off the rest in no time at all. The bottom half though felt like it came from a different puzzle altogether, being mostly impenetrable, typified by ARUM for “lords and ladies”. Combined with an unflagged Americanism in the NW corner, it was at this point I’m afraid that I began to lose patience with the puzzle, and was just pleased to finish. Sorry Crosophile!

When solving I half thought at first that we were getting some sort of biblical theme, what with PROVERBS and WISDOM, but it turns out there’s a very well hidden Nina in the SW to NE diagonal that was timed for the Bank Holiday Monday this was originally published.

COD? I’ll go with 18d – “Potentially costlier place of retirement (8)”.

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



4 Responses to “i App Cryptic Crossword S0042 by Crosophile”

  1. Cornick said

    Same here re difficulty top and bottom, although I did suspect Lords and Ladies might refer to the arum lily, which I knew, and I didn’t mind the -ize ending which is a permissible alternative, I think.
    It’s funny; I don’t mind a hard puzzle or an easy puzzle, but I seem to suffer a mini existential paroxysm when there’s a drastic gear change half way through.

  2. Cornick said

    Further to Tuesday’s Raich puzzle I note that Paul’s Guardian Prize also contained the monotesticular dictator. It was Alberich in his article ‘What words can I use?’ who stated “…in all my years of solving many different types of puzzle I have never seen Hitler make an appearance as an answer to a crossword”. And now two in the same week!

  3. Saboteur said

    Likewise. A swift start, and then ground to a halt. One of those puzzles where I had to put it down, take the dogs out for their walk and then pick it up again. This technique often helps, and it did today. I felt a general sense of mild dissatisfaction on completion, as it did seem a lot of effort, especially when there didn’t seem to be anything pleasing like a nina or a theme. (Like our blogger, I did think there was theme emerging with WISDOM, PROVERBS and CANTICLES, aka the Song of Solomon). How anyone spotted that nina is beyond me.
    I did

    • Cornick said

      I didn’t spot it either, but once it was pointed out I remembered that Crosophile has used diagonal Ninas more than once in the past.

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