i Cryptic Crossword 2176 Quixote

January 29, 2018

The Don’s back with his fairly regular gentle introduction to the working week, with a few new words learnt, and a couple that were a little trickier. Of the latter 21ac was perhaps particularly so if you don’t know a great deal about cricket, as is the case here. A few went in on definition alone, and for a few there was no chance of doing so, so a nicely varied set of clues. Overall a little above par for Quixote, but well under for the i. Perhaps we’re in for an easier time this week?

COD? With 26ac a close second, I’m going with 21ac which in retrospect is very nicely done – “Pom batting to get one century after another? (7)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2176 Quixote”

  1. AndyT said

    Still don’t see 26ac really: “batting” to indicate an anagram? “Bats” would be just fine … anyway the gentleman in question was familiar enough so in he went. Rather less straightforward than the average Quixote I think, and consequently more enjoyable. 26 just pips 3d for my favourite today.

  2. Cornick said

    Just as Andy has a setter who draws all his flak, so do I. Today I had fully 9 little unsmiley faces – that ‘batting’ as an anagram indicator being just one of them. I also disliked the over-use of exclamation marks which, as Ximines once wrote, serve no other purpose than that of crying out “Aren’t I clever – isn’t that a good one?”
    That having been said, there were half a dozen I did really like, and it all got polished off quickly, even by Monday standards.

  3. Jimbo said

    Phew. After the travails of last week where I gave up every day (except Tuesday if memory serves), this was much more accessible.

    On the use of “batting” as an anagrind, can the verb not mean “batting ones eyelids”, as in fluttering, or (slang) “to wander aimlessly” , both valid anagrinds?

    • Cornick said

      Ah, I’ll grant you batting – well argued Jimbo – even if as an anagrind it is a bit out of keeping with the difficulty level set by the rest of the puzzle.

  4. sprouthater said

    Batting got a bit of a curled lip here too. Didn’t know 19ac but it was well clued.

  5. Having failed on every puzzle last week, it was good to get back to winning ways. Even if I had to use mechanical aids to find the unknown word at 19a. 11 – 9

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