i Cryptic Crossword 2135 Quixote

December 11, 2017

Well, we’re still well and truly snowed in here, with the added entertainment value of icy roads and pavements, but at least the sun is shining which means the heating is off for the first time since Thursday. All of which makes for a much more pleasant atmosphere in which to solve the Don’s fortnightly Monday offering.

Today’s puzzle was definitely on the easy side, though no less enjoyable. There weren’t any unusual terms on show, which probably explains the rapid progress this morning. I didn’t need to / didn’t bother parsing a lot of clues, so there might be something I’ve missed, but I don’t think most experienced solvers will have been held up for long. There’s some debate over on the other side about CID as hero, but it’s so common in crosswords that I didn’t even give it a second thought.

COD? 3ac – “A point to be made in fast trading opportunity (4,6)”.

To the warmer days of August 2013:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2135 Quixote”

  1. AndyT said

    Usual thing for Quixote: solved it in short order and immediately wished there was another one to do. Enjoyable stuff as ever. The snowman has melted here, but the rain still feels perishing cold.

  2. sprouthater said

    Not best pleased with this, over far too quickly ” Nothing to do ” said the wife ” You can get on with that decorating ” hmm 😒 Snow missed us completely just wet and windy, sunny now but winds biting.

  3. Cornick said

    What a compilation! Radian goes even higher in my esteem after that one – even if I did get into a bit of a pickle by putting ‘Below Par’ as my entry for 1d. Failed to parse 6d and call me a hypocrite, but my favourite clue was 11a which ended in ‘Lum’ clued by ‘Smoker’, a bit of wordplay against which I have been known to rail.

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