i Cryptic Crossword 2170 Poins

January 22, 2018

An IoS reprint to start the working week, and while this isn’t quite as straightforward as a Quixote puzzle might be, it isn’t a complete monster either. One or two that are difficult to parse – notably 7d – but when in doubt, just lob it in based on the definition and hope for the best. 21d I sort of vaguely knew, but it went in on a bit of a wing and prayer because, well, the River Don? 14d I was pleased to get correctly based on the wordplay. Ditto 12ac. All in all an enjoyable start to the week, even if it did detain me slightly longer than expected.

COD? I’m guessing sprouthater will have hated this one, but I’m going with 22ac – “Made a complaint about return of unwelcome French queen (8)”.

To September 2013:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2170 Poins”

  1. dtw42 said

    Well I got about ¾ in okay, then had to resort to wordfinders for the rest; decidedly difficult in places.

  2. AndyT said

    A very mixed bag indeed. I shall say no more.

  3. Cornick said

    Other way round for me with those four, Jon.
    Curiously I was able to get 5d and 21d from the wordplay but, if your brain goes into a fug when asked to come up with a river, mine goes into a fug when asked to come up with a girl’s name – Eve today, but I don’t like that route to such an unfamiliar word.
    And my LOI was 12a – I always forget which drug abbreviates as which letter, and the answer seemed unlikely.

  4. sprouthater said

    Your right of course Jon but 22ac wasn’t the only clue to cause me to grimace.

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