One or two unfamiliar words held me up a bit today, but on the whole about par for Quixote.

COD? Quite a few I liked today, but I’m nominating 14d – ‘Two varieties of meat for fellow eating in the tea interval? (4-4)’.

Here’s the blog from 2009:

Saturday 21st June 2014

Archetypal Phi last Saturday – enjoyable, expertly crafted clues with a few crackers and a smidgen of a theme (musical, to boot) in which there was a four-letter instrument in each corner and another, glockenspiel, at 11d.

 My COD is 16d because of the very clever wordplay; it must hard to be original with a –tion suffix, but this was masterful:

Runs from fashionable New York building as result of price increases? (9)

The old blog from the Independent can be read here.

In the end as challenging as you expect from Nestor, though when I got a third of the clues in quick succession at the start I thought this would be easier than par.

COD? 17d – ‘Starving, had a meal containing simple livers (8)’.

Here’s the 2009 blog:

A fairly rigorous workout today, with quite a lot of careful thought required. I thought more was going to come of 15ac when I spotted PROS and CONS crossed, but there doesn’t seem to be.

COD? I’m nominating two today, the aforementioned 10ac and 2d – ‘They’re not for inmates (4) / They’re for sex workers (4)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.

A definite game of two halves. The RHS fell in minutes, making me think we were in for an easy time. The rest took much longer, and I resorted to aids in the interests of getting a blog out today.

COD? 19d – ‘Form of punishment that’s old, in a sense (5)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.

A tricky one this, with the answers coming very slowly, and loads of question marks at the end. I spotted the theme, but it didn’t help much as the state names were so overlapped.

COD? 10ac – ‘Religious faith is embodied in the mass (6)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.

Slow but steady progress today, 2d and 5d holding me up at the end.

COD? 17d – ‘The old man’s the old man – going on for ever, but no leader (8)’.

Here’s the 2009 blog:


Saturday 14th June 2014


A particularly enjoyable puzzle from Phi last Saturday, I seem to remember.  I hope JonofWales gets to enjoy these weekend crosswords – it must be something of a scramble to get weekday puzzles finished and blogged by lunch time…  On the other hand, the problem with blogging the Saturday puzzle is that, if you leave it till the end of the week to write your blog, the paper might have been used for lining the bottom of the parrot’s cage or something – which has happened again this week in this household, despite our not owning a parrot.


Never the less I can tell you that the fifteensquared blog from 2009 is complete and that it’s here, and furthermore that I remember liking the clue for 20ac, to which the answer was ‘exercise bicycle’.


A nice gentle end to the week from Eimi, though I suspect I’m not firing on all cylinders as I only spotted the theme when I glanced casually at the grid after finishing. If I’d realised sooner, I would have spent a lot less time agonising over 1ac…

COD? I’m nominating 26d, amongst many other good ones – ‘Poet’s poem is unfinished – his sex intervenes (4)’.

Here’s the 2009 blog:

One of the comments in the original blog judged that ‘the amount of difficulty and intrigue [was] judged perfectly for a Bank Holiday.’ Not, perhaps, for a normal weekday. Very hard, as others have noted, and I ran out of time with four or five still to go. If it hadn’t been for the fairly obvious 3/12, I’m not sure how much progress I would have made.

COD? 13d – ‘Trap that is full of .. um, sand? (4,6)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.