i Cryptic Crossword 1559 Quixote

February 8, 2016

A tricky double definition (though a guessable one) at 10ac, and an anagram at 15d that would not have tripped off the tongue of most solvers, but the rest was a nice gentle start to the working week. There’s some discussion on Fifteensquared about the enumeration on the latter, but as I’m not familiar with the province or the language, and just guessed (correctly as it turned out) what might be a plausible arrangement of the letters to hand, it was somewhat academic as far as I was concerned.

COD? 20ac – ‘Resort to guessing what might be defined by clue (10)’.

May 2011, when I’m guessing it wasn’t as breezy as today:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1559 Quixote”

  1. AndyT said

    Distinctly breezy today, crossword and weather both. Fine with 15d, and as luck would have it a two-week series about anthropology has just finished on the radio, so 10ac was clear where it would have been obscure not so long ago. I did, however, require most of the checking letters before 1ac came to mind: quite annoyed with myself for not spotting that straightaway.

  2. sprouthater said

    Found this a touch harder than the usual Quixote puzzle. Last in was 15d, solved in the same way as Jonofwales. Wouldn’t say it was breezy here more like blowing a hoolie.

  3. Lozzie said

    Completed this one more or less during “The Archers” with the exception of 11A, my last one in and probably favourite clue. Ironic in a way, as there rarely is a “denouement” to this programme.
    Original puzzle from May Bank Holiday Monday, with absolutely un-noteworthy weather, in fact! I have spent a fair amount of time today righting neighbours’ over-toppled plant-pots and wheelie-bins.

    • AndyT said

      Ah, a fellow Archers sufferer – my sympathies. Some sort of denouement which involved the elimination of the entire cast with the exceptions of Brian, Lillian and Joe Grundy would too much to ask for, I fear.

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