i Cryptic Crossword 3712 Wire

i Cryptic Crossword 3712 Wire

December 30, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): ⏳⏳

Wire is an unfamiliar name to me, but this was a very welcome bit of variety. Most of the crossword was set at a very accessible level, and it won’t have held up many solvers for too long. Except that is for the bottom right corner. Perhaps everyone else is different to me, but I quake at the sight of four-letter entries, especially where the first letter does not cross, so to have two interlocking ones with the same unknown first letter was an agony for me. I got there in the end, but decided to raise the difficulty rating from ⏳ to ⏳⏳ on the basis of this alone.

Elsewhere, there were no obscurities. Perhaps the TOLLUND MAN is not quite as famous as he was a while ago, but still sufficiently so not to be recognisable from the definition. LUCENT is a little unusual, but was very clearly clued. All in all, an enjoyable and satisfying solve.

I cannot say that there is a stand-out Clue of the Day for me, but I did like the neatly apt instruction for removing central letters in 10ac: “Remain in boats heading west, having dumped cargo (4)”.

Here’s the link to Fifteensquared for the answers and explanations: https://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/11/08/independent-10007-by-wire/


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