i Cryptic Crossword 1596 Raich

March 22, 2016

Don’t mention the war! Well, somebody had to:

I’m not one to spot ninas / hidden messages very quickly, but 8d was my second clue in, swiftly followed by a few in the NW corner, so it was pretty obvious what we were looking for round the perimeter. 🙂 A few other references dotted about meant that this was a very quick solve, but no less enjoyable for that. As the hotel that was the inspiration for Fawlty Towers was demolished the other day, today’s puzzle is perhaps coincidentally topical.

COD? 11ac – ‘Flyer shows liberated nuns swigging alcohol (3,7)’.

Back to August 2011:


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1596 Raich”

  1. Cornick said

    Great to see that clip again – thanks JoW.
    King Edward today, King Lear last week… I’m hoping ‘Edward Lear (4)’ will be making an appearance shortly.

  2. AndyT said

    Yes, many thanks for the video Jon. Lots of fun today.

  3. Michael said

    I think the fifteensquared commenters are probably on the wrong track when they say ‘Don’t mention the war, Basil’ is a misquotation. The nina is meant to be seen as two discrete parts: the correct quote + ‘Basil’ self-contained on the left side to go with Manuel, Polly and Sybil.

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