i Cryptic Crossword 2015 Quixote

July 24, 2017

A gentle start to the week from the Don, albeit with a few unknowns in the answers as ever. For me, these came at 8ac who I had to Google, 21ac, and 16d where I lobbed in the letters in what looked like a sensible pattern and got away with it.

COD? 23ac – “Brighter lady involved with boy in audacious act of exploitation (8,7)’.

To March 2013:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2015 Quixote”

  1. sprouthater said

    Same 3 unknowns here, 21ac being particularly obscure, I doubt I would have known what the clue was about back in 2013.

  2. Jimbo said

    A pleasant solve indeed.

    I thought we were in for a clever NINA as a message started to appear in row 2 of the grid… Before collapsing completely in row 4.

    And everyone’s favourite incontinent penguin Pingu almost makes an appearance in row 6.

  3. Cornick said

    I can’t remember Don Manley ever doing a Nina in his Quixote guise, although I think he does elsewhere.
    It seems odd to me how in the Indy he’ll regularly make a puzzle 90% pretty easy then throw in two or three obscurities. I knew the golfer well enough (although how you can be a great without having won a major beats me) but Roy Strong and Procyon were both outside my general knowledge.

  4. AndyT said

    8ac is in the same sporting category as Emerson Fittipaldi and Vitas Gerulaitis in my opinion: splendidly memorable names, provided you were around at the time. If not you’re going to struggle. Roy strong, although familiar, seemed a bit out of the way, but I’m happy enough with that star. As Monday crosswords go this seemed just about perfect to me.

  5. We have a finisher!
    My definition of obscure is anything I don’t know. So, I knew the golfer – but couldn’t spell him. I knew the curator, too (so by my definition not too obscure). But didn’t know that star. So that must be pretty obscure (but with that combination of letters, guessable).
    New word of the day, then: that star!

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