i Cryptic Crossword 1706 Nestor

July 28, 2016

Yes, it’s me again: normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

How did we all do with this one, eh? Pretty 10ac stuff, I think it’s fair to say, and one of the stiffest challenges to appear in the i for quite a while. It took a good deal of lateral thinking to finish, but the dictionary was not required: Nestor gets a resounding “bravo!” from me for producing such a satisfying three pipe problem without recourse to any obscurities.

I think this puzzle is better described as absorbing rather than scintillating, since bravura displays of outrageous wit were not the order of the day: all the same many of the clues were top drawer and highly inventive. 1ac and 3d both pushed the limits in unexpected ways, and were my last ones in. Special mentions for 12, 15 and 22ac, and 6, 13 and 17d – any of which would make a fine clue of the day. My choice of 25ac, in fact, is rather random and probably not the “best”, but it pleased me:

“Vote in lines to make election that is returning? (This might give the answer) (4,4)”

Back in December 2011 a few of the Fifteensquared regulars admitted defeat, but there was unanimous praise for Nestor’s imaginative cluing and scrupulous fairness.

3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1706 Nestor”

  1. sprouthater said

    It beat me. Nestor is not one of my favourite setters and I was surprised by just how much of it I did solve 🙂 1a, 3 and 4d were my undoing, really liked 15 and 18a though.

  2. Cornick said

    Couldn’t get to this till bedtime yesterday.
    Very much in agreement with your excellent review of Nestor’s offering, thanks Batarde.
    I really liked the inventive tricky ones like 1a, 4d and 22a.
    13d and 15a my faves, though.

  3. dtw42 said

    I gave up about with only 1/3 done.

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