579 Quixote

December 17, 2012

I’d be interested to know what others thought of this, as I found it a lot harder than the usual Quixote, with quite a few unknown words. I struggled especially with 16ac, 1d and 18d. In the end it was as fair as ever. COD 20d – ‘Untidy doctor, not male bothered about attire (6)’.


6 A PLACE IN THE SUN – Cryptic Def.
10 MADNESS – (and)* in MESS
11 GIR(A S O)L
16 TUCKER – Little Tommy Tucker, who ‘Sings for his supper’ presumably. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Tommy_Tucker
17 ORIFLAMME – (email form)*
19 CUPID – Cryptic Def.
21 BOULDER – Double Def.
22 HOTLINE – (in hotel)*
23 BEETLE-CRUSHERS – (Cheerless brute)* ‘British slang for heavy work boots’.


1 LA(M)MAS – Though is it really a Christian festival? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lammas
3 PIN(S)CHER One of these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinscher
5 PETROLIC – (Copter I + L)
7 LADY OF LEISURE – (Ideally for Sue)*
8 USS ENTERPRISE – (pressure set in)*
9 SLUR – Double Def. Apart from the obvious, it is also apparently ‘a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation’.
15 VALIDATE – V A + (detail)*
16 TEE SHIRT – (their set)*
17 OR BuS – ‘In heraldry, Or (from the French word for gold) is the tincture of gold’.
18 MOREEN – Sounds like MAUREEN. ‘A sturdy ribbed fabric of wool, cotton, or wool and cotton, often with an embossed finish, used for clothing and upholstery.’
20 DR mESSY – Groans…

4 Responses to “579 Quixote”

  1. david said

    19D cu test cutest

  2. Paul said

    Tucker is Australian slang for food.

    how do you find the right link into fifteensquared? I don’t want to cheat (myself) often, but it would be useful to know how…

    • jonofwales said

      I guessed it might be some sort of slang for food, if only from ‘Tuck Shop’. Not heard ‘tucker’ before, though, I must admit.

      I only manage to find the Fifteensquared blogs by googling the answers together with the setter + Fifteensquared. It’s a bit of a Catch 22 – you can’t find the old blog until you’ve actually solved (at least) a fair amount of the crossword. So far, famous last words, I’ve yet to need Fifteensquared to finish an i crossword, though that day might come. The Quixote ones are harder to find, and sometimes non-existent, as blogging of the Sunday puzzles was a bit patchy back then.

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