i Cryptic Crossword 1781 Quixote

October 24, 2016

A nice straightforward puzzle to start the working week. I fell into the trap of entering ‘HEAT UP’ for 18ac, until it became clear 17d wasn’t going to work. A lazy DISINTEGRATING also cost me some time in the SW corner. 22d was new, but what else could it be? I didn’t know the football club referenced in 1ac, but the definition was clear as day.

COD? 5d – ‘Insignificant little enemy? (5-4)’.

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Congratulations to Mark Goodliffe on his 10th (!!!) Times Crossword Championship win. There’s no stopping the man. Tony Sever’s got the results up here http://tony-sever.livejournal.com/429600.html, including a few names that are perhaps better known by their pseudonyms on the crossword blogs.

3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1781 Quixote”

  1. sprouthater said

    Made the same mistake with 18a, thought 10a should be takes in rather than takes up but anagram was obvious. 22a was my favourite, I’ve been many times, best cafes for moules et frites with a large glass of Kwak:-)

  2. dtw42 said

    Same here with 18ac (and 1ac).

  3. AndyT said

    Inclined to agree with Sprouthater about 18ac, but no other complaints. A little surprised that Quixote saw fit to have two turns, mind you.

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