i Cryptic Crossword 2215 Nestor

March 15, 2018

It’s a Thursday Independent reprint, and it’s Nestor, which was a fair indication that we were in for a bit of a rough ride today, but as it turns out this is a pretty straightforward, accessible solve that only took marginally longer than yesterday’s Dac. Ok, I didn’t bother to parse large chunks of it, especially some of the longer answers when a few checking letters were in place, but still… Some very generous clues along the way – 8d in particular – meant there were few hold ups. The only time I really came a cropper was with my LOI, 4d, where I knew one of the definitions but not the other. That should have been enough, but it was at that point that I lost confidence and lingered a little pondering alternatives.

COD? Lots to enjoy, with my nomination going to 21d. It’s not the smoothest of surface readings, to be fair, but it tickled me as well. “Joanna’s bits to tickle four men, namely sons (7)”.

To November 2013 once more where all is revealed:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2013/11/21/independent-8457-by-nestor/

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2215 Nestor”

  1. sprouthater said

    Easier to solve than some but I couldn’t parse 6dn and 14dn might be ok for oldies like me but he wasn’t that famous. Overall it was good but I think Nestor should turn off the television.

  2. batarde said

    Good crossword day. Sailed through this with barely a pause, taking about half the time of yesterday’s. An enjoyable canter, and whilst I sort of agree with Sprouters’ objection to 14d I always liked the man and was pleased to see him remembered. Concur on the COD, but there were plenty of nicely turned out runners up. No doubt we’ll pay for the easy ride tomorrow …

  3. Cornick said

    Always a treat to see Nestor’s name heading the clues – very much in my Goldilocks zone.
    Woe betide thinking that we’re getting the hang of this solving malarkey though – it’s that type of thinking that brings along a Nimrod Friday.

  4. dtw42 said

    Sailed more or less through most of it and then sat staring at 1ac, 5dn, 7dn, and 6dn for almost as long as the rest of it. I was fine with 4 and 14, though agree with Sprouthater about the latter.
    Rather liked 13ac.
    2dn was such an old chestnut by now that I think you only have to see “Equus” and “(9)” to know where a clue is going.

  5. Really enjoyed this one! LOI the TV soap, which caused a groan.

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