I'm indebted to Magoo
for pointing me at Crosaire
. For those who haven't heard of his cryptic crosswords before, they can probably best be summed up as the antidote to Ximenes. Crosaire started setting crosswords for the Irish Times more than 20 years before Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword
was published, and if he ever read it, it would seem to have had little or no influence on his style. Those who regard Ximenes's word as gospel will almost certainly not enjoy Crosaire's puzzles; however, those who are happy to accept an older, looser style of clueing will find much to enjoy. He apparently had a devoted following among Irish Times readers.
I took a copy of Crosaire: 120 Crosswords from the Irish Times
on holiday a few weeks ago and tried some of them. It took me a little while to find his wavelength, but in the end I was rarely in any doubt about the answers to the clues, though I remain baffled by
That's the time for the driver (6) [SPRING]
(select between the square brackets for the answer)
Perhaps "driver" should have been "diver". (This wouldn't have been the only misprint.) Or perhaps I'm missing something obvious again.
Crosaire has been succeeded as setter of the Irish Times crossword by Crossheir, so I thought I'd splurge GBP 4.48 on a month's subscription to their Crossword Club to see what I make of him. I'll let you know what I think.
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