i Cryptic Crossword 2161 Nestor

January 11, 2018

Something a little more testing today from Nestor. It came as no surprise to find that this was a Thursday Independent reprint, which was always traditionally the hard one of the week. Accessible, certainly, I managed about two thirds in fairly reasonable time before I ground to a halt, crawling through the rest. If I’d spotted 1ac sooner things might have been different, as the NE corner in particular caused me some difficulty, but there you go. Inventive throughout, with some fantastic wordplay, there was much to appreciate here. New word of the year goes to the implausible but as it turns out kosher 28ac.

COD? The love it or hate it 8d – “Breed cow’s stomach with an extra loop near the bottom (5)”.

To September 2013:



7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2161 Nestor”

  1. AndyT said

    Hmmm … certainly one of the cleverer crosswords to appear recently, so give that man a coconut. Hacking my way through the thicket of obfuscation did begin to pall after a while, however, and some of the surfaces were distinctly 28ac. On the upside, 1ac jumped out at me straight away, and of course there were some strikingly inventive clues.

  2. PJ said

    Beaten by RICOCHETED but no shame in that. An outrageously beautiful clue . I found it hard work elsewhere too but coped. Would have loved to finish it. Well done Nestor.

  3. dtw42 said

    Nope. Gave up on this one half done.

  4. sprouthater said

    1ac went in straightaway but it was a bit of a slog before anything else was entered with any confidence. It was only with a bit of electronic help that it got finished. Clever but perhaps a bit too clever.

  5. Too rich for me. 6 – 3.

  6. Cornick said

    I gave up the will to carry on with the last 3 unsolved – Strangeways, Monorail and Tribe. Maybe would have got them with more time, but this idothei place is so very tempting…

  7. allan_c said

    Got there in the end, the NE corner being the last to fall, although I got Strangeways as a write-in in my first pass. If I did this one back in 2013 I certainly didn’t remember it and in any case I didn’t comment on 15sq. Definitely a good mental workout.

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