i Cryptic Crossword 1899 Nestor

March 10, 2017

I can do no better than quote from the original blog by RatkojaRiku   “With Nestor you know that what you will be getting is not some (obscure) theme with complex interconnected clues, but rather a set of ultrasound, highly original clues for straightforward insertion in the grid, with occasional cross-referencing: nothing more, nothing less.” The original blogger confesses to being unable to parse only one, 2d, which unusually was one that I found reasonably straightforward. It was 11d, 25a with eels = devious people and 4d gloss=comment that gave me problems the grid though provides plenty of checking letters to assist the solver. This was probably on the easier side for Nestor but I’m not complaining as it was a thoroughly enjoyable challenge. Clues that took my fancy today include 1d,5d and 19a but –

COD         15d Ball sounds broken and miscue involves tip of chalk (5,5)

Back to October 2012   http://www.fifteensquared.net/2012/10/11/independent-8110-nestor/



5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1899 Nestor”

  1. AndyT said

    I rather think that Nestor wins the prize for cramming the most fun into a fifteen by fifteen grid this week. A good call on Eimi’s part to serve up a light and frothy dessert to finish off the week after yesterday’s distinctly chewy main course.

  2. jonofwales said

    Surprisingly on the light side for Nestor, with much going in at a rate usually seen for an IoS reprint. Then I got stuck on 2d, 11ac and 10d which took twice as much time again. Oh well… 🙂 5d raised a smile, amongst lots to like today.

  3. dtw42 said

    11ac, 2dn, and 1dn were the last ones in for me, and the only ones to hold up what had, up to that point, been a swift and enjoyable solve. Got those three in the end, though. All very pleasant 🙂

  4. dtw42 said

    Oh – and in response to those over on fifteensquared quibbling over ‘comp’ due to unfamiliarity, and excusing it as an Americanism, note that in the very late 80s I worked in a cinema, and we all had staff comps then; so it came to mind straightaway for me 🙂

  5. Cornick said

    Had to wait until the weekend to do this but also had to come back here and comment to say how much I loved this. Exactly my kind of puzzle – fun, original, no need for a dictionary, just delightful wordplay and definitions throughout. Definitely puzzle of the week, if not longer.

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