i Cryptic Crossword 2263 Nestor

May 10, 2018

Nestor always gives good value for money and as this was an Independent Prize Puzzle reprint, doubly so. 🙂 I found this to be a little chewy in places with one or two not fully understood, including some of the longer answers – 9d among them. But as most of the answers were pretty common words and phrases this didn’t prove to be a problem. 25d I intend to commit to memory as I didn’t believe until I googled it that it could really be a place. 3d prompted a scribbled – “would he have really?” – but what else could it be? 11ac I dredged up from the depths of my memory, reverse engineered the cryptic bit, and was relieved to have managed to do so.

Lots of ticks throughout, a few smiles, nice contemporary references, in other words enjoyable throughout and a leading contender for puzzle of the week.

COD? 1ac where I got the idea straight away, but being fairly unacquainted with airports just couldn’t remember what they’re called for too long – “Where there’s hope for recovery of terminal cases? (7,7)”.



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2263 Nestor”

  1. sprouthater said

    Still a bit fuzzy after losing a nights sleep flying back from the US but I should have got 1ac quicker as we seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time following signs to it at Heathrow but I couldn’t get the word luggage out of my mind. Failed on 13ac , didn’t know the Latin and would prefer to never have heard of person. Lots not parsed 10ac against = to and 18ac lie= sit both seem a bit dubious and 3dn was just orrible.

  2. batarde said

    Much like eating a superior kipper I thought – bony, but well worth the effort. Nestor definitely takes pole position for crossword of the week by my reckoning, and even 3d provoked a smile.

  3. dtw42 said

    11ac I sort of had but didn’t write in because I really couldn’t see why/how … and perhaps at least partly because of that, I didn’t solve 6dn. 10ac went in without being properly parsed. Coped OK with everything else … took a while though! 😛
    “Chewy” bits indeed.

  4. Cornick said

    Good to the last drop – Nestor is very much to my taste.
    Even the last one in – the pro bono one as it happened and despite the dodgy subject, was as satisfying as the rest.

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