OK, for those of you who have done the crossword or just want to see what the answers are, the solution is on my Patreon site at https://www.patreon.com/posts/55659653. I’m not putting it up here so there’s no risk of an inadvertent spoiler.
If you would like an explanation of any of the clues, just ask! And let me know if you’d like to see more cryptic crosswords or other word puzzles along with my word tastings.
I think cryptic crosswords are fun. If you’re not familiar with them, the way it goes is that each word is described two ways – once by meaning and once by some aspect of its form (usually spelling or sound) – but it’s done in a clever and coy way. An example would be “Booze works heartlessly in writer’s oeuvre (5)” as a clue for BOOKS: if you take BOOZE WORKS and remove the middle of it (ZE WOR) – in other words, if you have it heartlessly – you get BOOKS, and that’s also described as a writer’s oeuvre.
Anyway, here’s a small one. I made it available for my Patreon patrons early yesterday as a bonus for their paying something ($1, $2, or $5 a month) for all my articles that the rest of you get for free. I’ll make the solution available tomorrow on Patreon… but it won’t be visible to non-patrons until a bit later.
A1 Eclipses? Take them to the beach! (9)
A3 Wise raptor or incomplete fowl? (3)
E3 Strum weirdly… and “drang!” (5)
A5 Steals eel unexpectedly, dies (9)
A7 Alive, busy, jumping—a nasty way to do things (9)
A9 Allows to buy preparation for physical with Olivia (4,3)
A1 Winter comes too soon, brings deficit (9)
C1 Nothing, just French flax the back way (3)
C5 Almost erupts badly in gush (5)
E1 Draining last of fuels, engines out of order (9)
G1 Eliot’s April in a wild Celt’s rule (9)
I1 Sounds all at once torpid (7)
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Patrick Neylan, Eeditor of business reports. Permanently angry about the abuse of English, maths and logic. Terms and conditions: by reading this blog you accept that all opinions expressed herein will henceforth be your opinions.
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