Just proves that cryptic crosswords do not have to be difficult to be immensely satisfying. Daisy, Merusa – I do like to use the crossword time to spend an hour or so with Lola. If the weather is truly awful I would retreat inside, but I get such pleasure sitting outside – even in the rain looking at the garden and enjoying the fresh air. I associate undertaking the crossword with sitting at the garden table with little Lola nearby and I feel rather shortchanged if I’m at my desk indoors. We also found this good fun for a Sunday night . The long answers were all terrific, with 2d being the last of the four to be solved, and this one “in reverse”, where the answer was easily apparent but the parsing less so.
Other indicators are “coming back from”, “retreating inside”; or in a Down clue you may get an indicator of the direction such as “climbing in”, “throwing up”, or “going up”. he answer “eats” (synonym of “consumes…”) is “… a portion…” that is actually contained inside the rest of the words of the clue, “…meat stew”. Once I got a couple of the long answers this was straightforward Monday fare. As others have said pleasantly clued light starter to the week. That was a lovely start to the week, with some enjoyable clues. I struggled a bit with the reasoning of 14 d but was obvious from the checking letters.Thank you to the setter and Falcon.
I had to googlething “Wall of Sound”. Really helpful for checking letters.Great quickie puns today. Many thanks to the setter and to Falcon. ‘Those two designs were so intricate and so different, and we also tried to work in clues. Then there was the Serpent which was the first time I ever used those animatronics for the snakes behind them. You can often identify these clues by the inclusion of “return some”, “return from” or “return in” in their wording.
For my clue of the day, I have chosen 2d — topical as our newscasts are filled with reports on the shenanigans transpiring south of the border. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought of the puzzle. Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather remains unsettled. While I solved this puzzle, a violent thunderstorm raged outside dumping torrential amounts of welcome rain on my parched garden. Steve Worsfold is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, with 28 years’ of experience advising clients on how best to arrange their financial matters.
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A gentle start to the week, although a puzzle of two halves. Top went in very quickly; bottom took rather longer. Best thing was that I ended up with no question marks, indicating that the definitions, for once, were precise. Had to remind myself of 16a – not a word I come across very often. Totally ignorant of the Wall of Sound producer, but the answer was fairly clear. One of the clues inferred a love of motorbikes, which is one of the biggest clues here.
Several convoluted clues which tested patience e.g. 2d. She wrote a sequence of songs about impending nuclear disaster, Planet Blue , which was available only on download. Later she suffered several strokes and this affected her sight; having written so much about broken hearts, the irony of dying on Valentine’s Day would not have been lost on her.
Almost felt like two different people wrote it. Never heard the 16a word before. Steady solve and some lovely clues, particularly the long ones. I can’t choose between 2 and 7d so they can share the silver with gold going to 12a. Solving this gave me a lot of pleasure, some lovely clues like 12a that just sort of cheered me up along with a lot of catch phrases to guess at.
The two halves of the clue may often be joined in ways that obscure the separation. Both parts may contain words which appear to mean something contrary to what they actually indicate. For example, “putter” may appear to refer to a golf club but could be intended to mean “dawdle”. Cryptic crosswords traditionally offer the best mental workout but are difficult to grasp. Here we offer some essential handy tips to help you in your crossword puzzling .
With the proliferation of some of the more obscure letters, I started looking for a pangram but, as far as I can tell, at least Quebec is missing. A one star difficulty level is no harm from time to time and as Falcon says , great surface readings. We have bed changing on Saturdays, a hold over when from when we both worked full time. I could only suggest Nottingham which of course was not enough letters. As straightforward a puzzle as I can remember, but still fun to complete.