i Cryptic Crossword 871 Nimrod

November 30, 2013

November 23rd, 2013
Phi (Paul Henderson) was moved to Friday a week ago and Nimrod (John Henderson) moved from his occasional late-in-the-week slot to the Saturday. Given that I do the Saturday blog for idothei, I’m hoping he moves back again, cos this was too rich for my blood!
He’s clearly a very clever chap; – tutored by the greatly missed Araucaria, he had his first puzzle printed in the Guardian at the age of 15 and has also been the speed solving champion for the Times, but for the mortals among us these clues were just too tenuous and, well, hard: oblique definitions, stretched metaphors, obscure vocabulary and a theme on ‘Hidden agenda’ which escaped me completely, I’m sorry to say.
Around half way through my progress was glacially slow. I wasn’t enjoying it and I took the view that there were better things to do with my life. Maybe I could have struggled on a bit, but went instead to find the answers from 2008, which you too can see here if you like: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/12/18/independent-6919-by-nimrod/ Sorry!

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