i Cryptic Crossword 1362 Quixote

June 22, 2015

I wonder how many solvers were left feeling like 8d’s after this offering? The four isolated corners, and quite a few tough clues, meant this took some unpicking. The SW was first to fall for me, the NE last.

COD? The very nice 18d – ”Week’ thus becomes ‘wk’ for one dealing with letter (6)’.

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1362 Quixote”

  1. Cornick said

    For multiple reasons, that takes the biscuit as my least favourite puzzle in 3 years of doing these. 😦

  2. AndyT said

    I was okay with this one, but 10ac, 5d and 16d were (correct) deductions confirmed by Fifteensquared. Funny looking grid today, but if there’s a theme or a nina going on it’s passed me by as usual.

    • Cornick said

      Tbh Andy, this bears all the hallmarks of having been compiled in record time by the setter. You or I could probably fill a grid of this shape in under an hour.

      • AndyT said

        Ah, I see what you mean. It’s been a long time since I tried my hand at compiling, but you’re probably right at that. I have a strong preference for being baffled by the obscurity of the clues rather than their solutions, and by that measure this wasn’t one of Quixote’s better puzzles.

  3. dtw42 said

    Given such a weird grid I spent a while looking to see if there was something special going on – keeping an eye out for ninas and whatnot, but nothing appeared. Very strange. No great problems solving (though I’d never heard of the church-festival usage of 2dn: trust Don to throw in some religious obscurity).

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