i Cryptic Crossword 2212 Quixote

March 12, 2018

Our fortnightly treat from the Don, and the usual mixture of well written, sound clues, and a few new words learnt from the always clear wordplay. There’s a typo that I didn’t notice to be honest, I doubt if it will have held anyone up for too long. I was a bit over-hasty on 15ac thinking it must be PLASTIC… and subsequently that bit of the grid looks somewhat messy on my copy. The hazards of solving on paper, you can get away with this sort of thing online. What more can you say? Another good, solid puzzle, on the easy side as expected on a Monday.

COD? 18d – “Emerge as great coastline champion? (7)”.

To November 2013:



10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2212 Quixote”

  1. Cornick said

    Yes, a perfectly good puzzle aimed, presumably at the less experienced, less confident and developing solvers (The Don is much harder when he has his other hats on). But then he goes and puts answers like Indusia, Sashami, Carioca and Tetrode into the grid which means it’s really hard to finish for precisely those people. I just don’t get it!

  2. Ronnie said

    I try The i crossword almost every day and usually manage somewhere between 2 clues and 3/4 of the whole thing. Today was the first time Iโ€™ve ever actually completed a full puzzle, on my own, with zero cheating – and all before lunch! Feeling very chuffed. At least until tomorrow when itโ€™ll be back to normal and I solve six clues before giving up!

    • jonofwales said

      Well done! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep at it – the rest will be falling in no time at all too.

    • batarde said

      Congratulations Ronnie. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can still remember my first completed Guardian crossword, way back when: it’s a landmark achievement.

  3. batarde said

    One thing about Quixote – when he uses unfamiliar vocabulary you can almost always deduce the solution and write it in with confidence because he plays with such a straight bat.

    Here’s a variation on a chestnut found in an old Times puzzle. Thought it might amuse:

    “ONMLKJIH (9)”

  4. dtw42 said

    9ac the only completely new word for me today – but thankfully Don was sticking to the “easy clues for hard words” technique.

  5. For me it was a strange mixture of straightforward and obscure. New words of the day: a four tubed tube; a dance by Fred Astaire, and a thin membrane.

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