i Cryptic Crossword 2275 Nestor

May 24, 2018

An Independent Thursday reprint today, and Nestor too, so it was always going to be on the tough side. No problem with that, but why does Eimi always schedule these when I haven’t got much time to solve them? 🙂 One or two I had to check in the dictionary, and there are also a number of answers you won’t find there, notably 22d. Thankfully these days we have Google to check such things. There’s a Nina I wish I’d spotted but didn’t despite half wondering if there would be one and if it might help. More haste and less speed next time, Jon. Fair throughout if you follow the wordplay, a good puzzle to ease us towards the week’s close.

COD? I’ll go with 4d among lots of good ones – “Something instrumental in making Simpson arrest stand up (5)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2275 Nestor”

  1. Topsy said

    Thanks for the blogs, they really help! Probably just me but I really disliked 17A. I got the answer but it seemed clumsy.

  2. dtw42 said

    Hmm. Some obscurities there. I failed on 23ac, and left 9ac in pencil because I couldn’t unpick the parsing. But apart from that i got there in the end … with some help. No, didn’t spot the nina either.

  3. batarde said

    An odd crossword, including the Nina which I spotted just for once. Mostly enjoyable to solve with plenty of cleverness to appreciate, but some of the surfaces seemed distinctly clunky. Amused by 18ac which I’d been over-thinking – there’s no denying that’s what a liner does, after all.

  4. carl twobob said

    What an extremely clever theme. Never really enjoy the tougher Thursdays, not sure I’ve ever finished a Nestor before either, but a brilliantly original puzzle. Applauds*

  5. Cornick said

    All fair and excellent of course from Nestor, but an extra serving of disguise, I thought, even by his standards.
    Not sure I’d have finished without the Nina – really clever. And to pick ‘T’ for the lipogram was bold too – anyone remember Tees’ Nina with T’s round the edge?

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