i Cryptic Crossword 1773 Nestor

October 14, 2016

Quite tricky but not over complicated I thought. A couple of quibbles, 8a doesn’t work as a homophone for me and ones = jokes in 5d seemed a bit vague. 7d was entered because it was all I could see that utilized fang and fits with the other checking letters ,this provokes a bit of discussion on Fifteensquared but I still wonder where the W comes from? Apart from these niggles I really enjoyed this puzzle. Despite the football reference at 19d nothing I could see needed any specialist knowledge, I liked 10d a lot, 1d and 14d also were excellent but my favourite was

COD 12a  Cooler, another one with Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion (3)

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9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1773 Nestor”

  1. jonofwales said

    The W in 7d comes from ‘with’. This was definitely tricky in places – I managed three quarters easily enough (for Nestor), but the rest was slow, often unsteady progress. 8ac didn’t work for me either, but the definition couldn’t have been more clearly flagged, luckily.

    • sprouthater said

      Hmm I don’t find this sort of insertion very fair, it’s not indicated in the clue. On Tuesday Eimi used this sort of insertion in the first two across clues each time indicating his intention with originally and leader.

  2. AndyT said

    With the exception of 8ac I thought this was splendid and a fine way to end the week. Lots of ticks today. I shall be chuckling about “lewd blustering” for a while yet.

  3. Rob said

    I enjoyed it and was OK with w for with. But why SPATTER for 16ac??

  4. sprouthater said

    Spatter is a synonym for drops. Unusually drops is also part of the clue. “Drops ultimately” means the S. Arrangement in short indicates patter(n). Follow the Fifteensquared link for a complete explanation

  5. Cornick said

    Of my first seventeen answers fully fifteen got ticks, so this was on course for puzzle of the month until 8a, 6a and 2d let it down, which was a shame. Still excellent though.
    Liked the definition on 7d because it conveys the grumpy Luddite quality of the answer.

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