i Cryptic Crossword 1913 Quixote

March 27, 2017

A game of two halves for me – the top half in double quick time, at which point I started eying up a personal best, before I swiftly ground to a halt to the south and staggered over the finish line at a time just under par for the i. I suspect the long anagram at 21ac and the new (to me) 18ac had something to do with this.

Lots to enjoy as ever from the Don, COD going to 25ac – ‘Refuse van’s rear blocking entrance to Lincoln’.

To October 2012, and an extended discussion on the merits, or otherwise, of setters also blogging puzzles. My own view, for what it’s worth, is that I don’t have a problem with it, as long as the relationship doesn’t become overly incestuous. ie. That there’s room for (gentle) criticism as well as praise.


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1913 Quixote”

  1. AndyT said

    Ah well, the anagrams fairly leapt out at me today for once, and 18ac was squirrelled away in a dusty recess of my memory waiting for its day. A pretty respectable time by my standards.

    I see no problem with setters moonlighting as bloggers, at all. Of course it shouldn’t be a mutual congratulation society, but I haven’t seen any sign of that.

  2. Cornick said

    Is nmsindy also Raich then?
    The problem is that, if you start out as a blogger because you love crosswords, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that you might also have a go at setting them and, if sufficiently encouraged, you might even send one to a newspaper. If it’s accepted, should the blogger then stop blogging? Can’t see why!
    I have observed a bit of a ‘darling you were marvellous’ from setters commenting on their fellow setters’ first puzzles, but crucially that’s commenting not blogging, and is just being welcoming surely.
    Bloggers who are also setters is less common, I think, and seems to be done with full acceptance of the need to be impartial.

  3. nmsindy said

    Yes, that was my final blog on the website as I thought, after some reflection, maybe better to stop blogging if some people were not happy.

    Still appearing as a setter under those guises and also under a new guise in the Times Quick Cryptic series which began in 2014.


    • jonofwales said

      Good to hear you’re still setting puzzles – we’ve been enjoying the Independent reprints. We’ll miss the old blogs, but I can see your dilemma. Quixote isn’t backwards in coming forwards with his opinions online. πŸ™‚

    • AndyT said

      I’m glad to hear it too. By coincidence you occupy this week’s Tuesday slot (which I’ve just blogged) – a thoroughly entertaining puzzle for which many thanks.

  4. Dave said

    18a also a new word for me…

  5. allan_c said

    Just wondered if the puzzle was chosen for reprint this week because of 14ac’s century the other day – or just co-incidence?

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